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The Science Behind Winter Flooding

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know winds generated from winter storms can cause widespread tidal flooding and severe beach erosion along coastal areas?

While rapid snow melts and ice jams are typically blamed for flooding, the wind is not usually mentioned as a possible cause.

One of the best examples of this type of flooding occurring can be seen in the Great Lakes; winter storms can provide really strong winds that lift water levels higher on one side of the lake, causing this phenomenon known as a storm surge.

During the surge, water levels flow back to a normal level, causing a pendulum effect to take place. High water levels then begin to alternate from one side of the lake to the other until a balance returns and all is calm.

If you live in areas that are vulnerable to flooding caused by storm surges, or general flooding, contact your local SERVPRO and ask about our ERP!

Not Your Ordinary Restoration Company!

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Here, at SERVPRO, everything we do is different than your typical restoration company — and this fact is ever apparent through every level of our business!

We boast a highly skilled staff, who are well-trained in using our state-of-the-art equipment and are available to be dispatched to your location 24 hours a day, all year round!

Having a staff that is this well-versed in working in an assortment of conditions, both hazardous and routine, allows us to tackle even the largest of losses!

You can rely on us to take on whatever job you need handling, and we promise to give it our best effort in order to get your property back to preloss conditions!

Call your local SERVPRO today for all of your restoration and remediation needs!

You Can Count On Us!

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO has been in business and helping property owners tackle their losses for over 50 years?

Since we've opened, more than 1,700 franchises have erected and are stationed around the country to be able to assist all those who need to recover from damages to their homes or businesses. 

Every franchise is open 24/7/365, which is one of the best ways to make sure we are able to assist you, even when you need us most! No loss is too small or too large, either, we'll tackle your damaged property head-on to get you back up and running!

Be sure to remember your local SERVPRO franchise for all of your water and fire restoration, or mold remediation services!

10 Things You Should be Thankful For:

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

For Thanksgiving this year, be sure to reflect on all of the things that led you up to that fulfilling dinner tomorrow night.

We took it upon ourselves to find a list of things that you should definitely be thankful for if you are blessed enough to have these things going on in your life!

  1. Holidays where you can spend time with the important people in life.
  2. Having a romantic partner or spouse who is there for you
  3. Being surrounded by friends and family
  4. Your children
  5. Having access to clean, drinkable water
  6. Not being hungry and having an abundance of food
  7. Having a roof over your head and safe place to live
  8. Your parents who raised and molded you in the person you are today
  9. Kindness from strangers and random acts of kindness
  10. Mistakes that helped you grow as a person

These things to be thankful for were adapted from developgoodhabits.com, where there are even more things to be thankful for — 205 more things, to be exact!

10 MORE Things to be Thankful For!

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

We decided to expand the last list of things you should be thankful for by giving you 10 MORE!

We realize that not all of these things may resonate with you or have any relation to what goes on in your immediate life; disregard the things that may not occur with you, but be sure to hold onto the things that do!

  1. Modern conveniences that weren't available even a century ago (electricity, indoor plumbing, air conditioning)
  2. Having full use of your senses like eye-sight, hearing, and taste
  3. A new book
  4. Not being hungry and having an abundance of food
  5. The ability to learn something new
  6. The kindness of strangers
  7. A warm campfire on a cold night camping
  8. Feeling of acceptance
  9. The beauty of a work of art that moves you
  10. Making a final payment on a loan

We hope you found something that you found to be dear to your heart; make sure to give thanks and be thankful during this holiday season!

Post Fire Hazards: Electronics!

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

As you investigate the damage that a fire caused in your home or business, it is important to remember that fire-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard!

You SHOULD NOT attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by fire. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces; if the residues are not removed, corrosion causes electronic failure in the device.

Do not try and clean these items, either. A SERVPRO Franchise will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including: Television sets, DVD players, Computers, and more!

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician and returned to you if we deem the safe to use!

Restoring Your Property with SERVPRO!

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is committed to protecting your business while we restore your property!

We know that damage to the properties you manage could leave your tenants displaced or your client's business out of commission indefinitely. Our professionals work efficiently to minimize the disruption and restore your facility to preloss conditions as soon as possible. We'll help you protect the security and safety of your facility and your clients.

Our vast experience includes jobs that pertain but are not limited to: Total Project Management, Facilities Cleaning and Restoration, Flooding and Water Damage Cleanup, Biohazard Remediation, Odor Removal, Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning, Mold Removal , Smoke and Soot Cleanup, Document and Records Recovery, Vandalism Cleanup, and Post-construction Cleanup!

Call your local SERVPRO if you find that you need help restoring your commercial property!

Defining Mold!

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

The following information was adapted from SERVPRO's Corporate website:

Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or on a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. 
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return. 
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Mold Remediation: The Process!

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

Understanding The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate the “typical” process:

Step 1: Emergency Contact 

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call our National Call Center. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

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

Step 3: Mold Containment

They use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. They may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

Step 4: Air Filtration

Their specialized filtration equipment allows their Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. They utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. SERVPRO Professionals use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings

SERVPRO Professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Storm Damage can be such a mess; Let SERVPRO handle it!

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

Damage, caused from storms and natural disasters, are unplanned and detrimental to your property, home, or business. Not only can it cost you money in the long run, but depending on the extent of the damage, you may be at risk from longterm issues as well.

When storm water seeps into your floors, walls, and anywhere the eye cannot see, you leave yourself vulnerable to mold infestations! So although you may get all of the floodwater up, it is possible for you to miss out on a few areas that could cost you more than the initial damage.

This is why you should call SERVPRO, as we have highly trained water damage specialists that deal with situations like this daily. There is nothing we haven’t seen or have already treated, and we are more than willing to tackle bigger losses if you are ever in need!

Call your local SERVPRO franchise for all of your storm damage restoration needs!

Choose SERVPRO for Your Fire Loss!

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

Your local SERVPRO professionals are highly specialized in fire and water damage restoration and have even more experience in cleaning up your home or property quickly!

We understand that your fire loss has put your life on hold; why should we take our good ol’ time fixing up what you need done NOW? Our technicians will restore your home to pre-fire conditions fast, all while we remove pervasive smoke odors and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpets.

Our 24/7 emergency service is guaranteed to be faster to any size disaster, which cements our place as one of the trusted leaders in the restoration industry. We use this pedestal to continually provide exceptional service on a daily basis, in hopes of providing our great work to anyone in need of restoration services.

Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

There have been too many homeowners that have descended down their basement steps to find a pool of murky water greeting them. This instance is an all-too-familiar one, as many Americans claim to have dealt with a flood in their basement at least once. 

Water follows the path of least resistance, finding cracks and holes through basement walls. Flooding can often be attributed to insufficient drainage around basement walls, heavy rains, a faulty sump pump, or a combination of these factors.

The water that goes unseen could wreck havoc in your foundation, causing further damage and could also welcome an infestation of mold. This is a scenario you should strive to avoid at all costs!

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are highly trained in water damage restoration including basement and crawlspace flooding. They have the experience, expertise, and equipment to remove the water and dry your basement properly. Their water removal and drying process emphasizes monitoring and documentation to validate your property is dry.

SERVPRO Tackles Sewer Jobs!

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

Does your water loss involve a sewer backup? If so, you should treat this situation as an emergency! You may be vulnerable to viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that can cause serious illness if you have been exposed to sewage water and waste.

Call your local SERVPRO franchise to send out a trained professional to handle these crappy situations for you — we will get the job done quickly and will safely clean your property of all its contaminants and dirtiness.

And don’t worry if you’re toilet overflows or if a pipe bursts in the middle of night — we got your back! No matter the time, no matter the day, SERVPRO is always ready to assist you and to make your disasters look like they never even happened!

Think Your Loss is Too Big? Not for SERVPRO!

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

If one thing is for sure, we believe there is no job TOO BIG for SERVPRO to tackle! We want any and all work, but we want to make sure everything is done correctly the first time around; our skilled technicians will storm onto your property with the intent of leaving it like your disaster never even happened!

Our Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of the best of the best in restoration, all of which stem from SERVPRO franchises! Our elite, large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

What’s more? Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation services. This just coincides with our commitment to getting things done efficiently and to the customer’s standards!

For all your commercial cleaning needs, call your local SERVPRO franchise TODAY!

Here's Why Property Managers Can Relax:

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

Our first priority is to return damaged property to preloss conditions. This commitment does not waver, no matter what the extent of damage to any specific building or property.

Our property management restoration services are always ready to send aid when disaster strikes one of your properties; we know that your first priority, as the property owner, is the safety and well-being of your team and clients. This is why we send skilled professionals, experienced in maintaining the security and safety of a variety of facilities, to isolate the damage the moment we step on site.

We pride ourselves on our efficiency when we take on some daunting tasks; but we strive to do so with grace and with determination to leave each and every customer more satisfied than the next — we want to minimize the interruptions in your life!

A Closer Look at Black Mold

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

Black mold, often known as “toxic mold” and scientifically named, stachybotrys chartarum, presents many dangers for homeowners and those who are immersed in its environment. Black mold also has a very large stigma surrounding it, this is due in part by many sensational news reports that periodically condemn the mold for its harsh side effects.

While these reports may seem very alarming, and quite often confusing, it is important that you maintain a clear head in order to limit unnecessary exposure to black mold. For instance, any mold in your home should be treated with caution; stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

SERVPRO has many, easily readable articles that define the do’s and don’ts of dealing with mold, all of which is easily accessible through various portals on our page! However, for tips on what you should do until helps arrive, please refer to our Mold Damage Tips page to learn more!

See Mold? Seek Help!

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

Do you think you found black mold on or in your property? Call SERVPRO immediately!

We do not recommend trying to determine if the mold you have found is characterized as “black mold”, as you put yourself at a higher risk to develop a laundry list of health effects that stem from exposure to black mold.

As a matter of fact, there are many types of mold that can produce allergens and irritants; more so, if you have been in contact with said mold on a constant or repeat basis. Regardless if you came in contact with black mold or otherwise, you should seek assistance from a qualified mold remediation company.

In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact a your local SERVPRO franchise for assistance!

Quick Work for a Quick Recovery

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO, we believe time is of the essence; saving time, quite literally, is extremely crucial when you are hoping to save your business when disaster strikes. As a matter of fact, every hour spent on recovery is an hour lost of revenue and productivity ... that can add up to much more than just a material loss!

Our experienced technicians are available 24/7 to help remediate any damage, no matter the cause or the scale of the loss!

Our SERVPRO Professionals are trained in limiting business interruption, often working after hours and around the clock to isolate the damage and restore your space so that you can continue business as usual.

Our services are vast, and we do not squander at thought of helping any business; we aide all types of businesses and storefronts, such as: national chain stores, supermarkets, shopping malls, department stores, specialty retailers, and much more!

If your business is ever in need of assistance, call SERVPRO to get you back on track!

SERVPRO for Mold Remediation? Of Course!

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Have you been affected by mold and considering calling SERVPRO to handle all of your remediation needs? Here is why you should follow through with your instincts:

SERVPRO understands that any home or business can quickly become infested with mold, especially if the property faces the unwanted introduction of an unseen water source, like a roof or plumbing leak. 

These leaks can cause mold!

Within 48-72 hours, mold can spread throughout a property, producing allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects.  

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, do not hesitate! Call your local, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals so that they can inspect and assess your property.

If mold is found, they have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation!

Our 24/7 service is here to assist you! 

Water Damage? Act Fast!

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is absolutely crucial. Our SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can respond immediately and will use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly, too!

We guarantee that we will closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly. This will help ensure that your property isn't dealing with water left in unseen areas. Finding these small puddles makes a difference when combating mold!

How can you act fast, though? Choosing SERVPRO!

Our 24/7 emergency service means that we are always faster to any size disaster; our reputation stems from this fact, making SERVPRO a trusted leader in the restoration industry. 

When you are in need of assistance, go with what you know. #ChooseSERVPRO

SERVPRO is Ready for ANY Fire Loss!

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Large losses, due to unexpected fires, can be especially devastating to your home or business. You may even find yourself very distraught as the fire trucks leave, worrying about how much your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet. 

How are we ready for any fire loss, though?

SERVPRO provides 24/7 emergency services, giving us a certain edge in the restoration industry - we boast the fact that we are always faster to any size disaster! From the moment you call in, to the moment we arrive on location ... SERVPRO is here for you!

SERVPRO's Commercial Cleaning is FOR YOU!

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's commercial cleaning services are definitely for you; whether you need cleaning for a commercial office or require industrial cleaning services, your local SERVPRO franchise will be able to assist you from the moment we pick up the phone and answer your call!

We get it! You may not have the time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office or warehouse. Although you may consider yourself to be quite the clean-freak, it is very possible for some things to "slip through the cracks."

Furthermore, there are many challenges that grime, odor, and moisture can present that go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff. This is where SERVPRO comes in!

When things may seem like they are out of control. call in your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional. We are committed to removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets; you can always rely on SERVPRO Franchise Professionals to make your workspace or warehouse look its very best!

Give us a call TODAY for all of your commercial cleaning needs!

Commercial Large Loss and Storm Response Program

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

The following information was adapted from SERVPRO Corporate:

SERVPRO’s Large Loss Response Team was recruited to serve commercial large loss needs. This elite group of large loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States with substantial resources through a network of over 1,700 locations.

Corporate oversight and communication on every file help to meet the predetermined client specific needs. Immediate response, available 24/7/265 through 1-800-SERVPRO, will minimize business interruptions.

We offer: network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby; immediate mobilization; mobile and local command centers; pre-negotiated pricing; corporate oversight and real-time event management; commercial and residential losses services; waiting lists minimized; back-end reports for analysis; and uniformed personnel.

A few of our most recent, notable mobilizations: 2016 Fort McMurray Wildfires, 2016 Houston Flood, 2015 Siberian Express, 2014 Mid-Atlantic Flood, to name a few.

SERVPRO of Germantown makes Safety Training a Priority !

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

female in orange safety vest, male in gray shirt, male sitting at desk Mike McGrory teaching the OSHA 10 Hour General Industry to the SERVPRO of Germantown Team.

OSHA 10-Hour General Industry topics include:

Fire Prevention, Protection and Emergency Egress Safety. Dangers of Electrical Hazards. Using and Choosing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Causes and Prevention of MSD and RMD Injuries.

SERVPRO of Germantown strives to keep their staff trained and safe as they deal with building issues of all shapes and sizes.  

What is fire?

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Unfortunately, we all hear of house or wildfires entirely too much; by the time we hear that these fires are ongoing and active, it is usually too late and the damage is already done.

However, it is on us to understand what fire is, how it is caused, and what measures we can take to prevent a disaster to happen to us or in our communities. With that, we refer to Sciencelearn.org’s article, What is fire?

According to their article, “fire is the visible effect of the process of combustion — a special type of chemical reaction. It occurs between oxygen in the air and some sort of fuel. The products from the chemical reaction are completely different from the starting material.”

The fuel must be heated to its ignition temperature for combustion to occur. The reaction will keep going as long as there is enough heat, fuel and oxygen. The combination of these occurrences is known as the Fire Triangle.

Sparing further scientific references, it is important to practice safety when dealing with fire or flammable objects. Be sure to always have a means of extinguishing a fire if you plan on having one; if you do decide to participate in a controlled burn, make sure that you do so in an area that’s not likely to catch fire in the event of an unfortunate accident!

Thunderstorm Facts - Types of Storm Clouds

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

One of the first things that gets noticed before an incoming storm are the dark clouds that seem to engulf the sky; this is usually a warning from Mother Nature to seek shelter and to get inside. Dennis Mersereau, from Mentalfloss.com, expands on the types of clouds you may see while there is a forecast for thunderstorms.

Updrafts, which are columns of warm air that aid the formation of thunderstorms, shoot into the sky until the air surrounding them are considerably colder. This causes the air to spread out, creating flat, “anvil-like clouds” that are seen from miles away, typically leaving storm watchers in awe.

There are other clouds that may show themselves; some that look absolutely massive and others that look like they’re in “bubble-shaped” formations. These bubble clouds are usually found underneath the anvil-like clouds that form.

According to Mersereau, all of these types of clouds are often associated with severe thunderstorms and should hint to you that you should head inside!

Thunderstorm Facts - The Formation of Hail

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

It is no secret that more severe thunderstorms are capable of producing hail that can strike your homes, businesses, vehicles, and just about anything below the storm clouds. While they usually don’t cause damage, they are liable to do so if the conditions are right.

So how are hailstones formed? According to Dennis Mersereau from Mentalfloss.com, “if the temperature is just right in the middle of a thunderstorm, some of the raindrops will begin to freeze as they bounce around in the updraft.”

“The up-down motion of the newly formed hailstone will cause more liquid to accumulate on the outside of the stone, a process that causes hailstones to grow in layers like an onion.” As previously stated, most of the time, hailstones aren’t big enough to cause significant damage. However, if an updraft in a thunderstorm is very intense, they can support hailstones the size of softballs, or larger!

Storm Information!

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Some of the following information was adapted from SERVPRO Restoration Newsline:

The 2019 theme for National Preparedness Month is: Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters. You can become prepared for a disaster by taking three simple steps:

  1. Have a plan to stay in business
  2. Encourage your employees to become ready
  3. Protect your investment

We must work together as a team to ensure that our families, businesses, places of worship, and neighborhoods are ready for any type of disaster that can potentially affect your local community. At Ready.gov/business, companies like yours can find vital information on how to begin preparing their organization and addressing their unique needs during an emergency situation.

You can also contact your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals to find out more on how to be ready when disaster strikes with the SERVPRO Emergency READY program!

Lightning Facts!

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that lightning strikes kill more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes? This scary statistic is very true, which gives you all the more reason to be as cautious as possible while storms are around in your area.

Lightning during storms, and severe weather in general, are very serious matters and should never be taken lightly. Lightning, paired with severe storms, can raise all types of carnage to your home, business, neighborhood, or region; unfortunately, flash flooding, damaging winds, falling trees and power outages all stem from severe storms such as these. 

All of these terrible instances cause roof issues, which your local SERVPRO can remediate to get you back on track. 

Until help arrives, though, stay indoors, secure your immediate area and if possible, stay up-to-date!

SERVPRO of Germantown supports Philadelphia Fire Departments

9/1/2019 (Permalink)

female accepting a donation check on behalf of The Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation Robyn Colajezzi accepts a donation on behalf of The Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation

SERVPRO of Germantown is proud to support First Responders in Philadelphia.  Robyn Colajezzi recently attended an event and accepted a donation on behalf of The Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation.  Robyn serves on The Board of Directors of The Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation.  Robyn works daily to advance our support of our local heroes.  

SERVPRO Supports the 25th District Police in North Philadelphia

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

On July 10th, SERVPRO volunteered to help out the 25th District Police (Philadelphia) during their community block party in North Philadelphia.

The event welcomed hundreds of people who enjoyed the several activities available. Summer camps from all around the town came by to play life-sized board games, climb the rock wall, jump in the bouncy houses, and eat all the different foods available.

The area where the event was held is often marked by violence and drugs, so having the Philadelphia Police host this awesome event was an excellent sight to see! It was a great opportunity to bring the community together in a space that usually does not see much positivity, but events such as this are what help the community grow and head towards a brighter future!

SERVPRO Sponsors the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association's Summer Olympic Games

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO supported GPHA (Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association) Summer Hotel Olympics on July 11th at FDR Park in South Philadelphia!

Hotels from the area formed groups and took on several team-building challenges; there were dance battles, people showing off their skills during talent shows, and plenty of time to mingle with staff from other hotels.

There were also tons of games to be played, like: Name that Tune, Hamster Wheel Race, Marble Pipe Line, Hospitality Hoop La, Basket Head, Tray Relay, Pencil Catch!, and Lawn Darts.

To end the event, participants enjoyed snacks from SERVPRO and lunch from a local restaurant before the awards ceremony, where everyone was able to walk away with a medal!

It was amazing to be a part of such a fun event that brought different people from across Philadelphia together. SERVPRO hopes to be part of GPHA's Summer Olympics again next year!

SERVPRO of Germantown gets to your Philadelphia location quickly

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Germantown arrives quickly

SERVPRO of Germantown is ready to respond when you need us.  When you have building damage in Philadelphia you can count on us.

SERVPRO® is strategically positioned throughout the nation to be faster to any-sized disaster. More locations mean faster response! SERVPRO® is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

SERVPRO of Germantown is READY

7/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Germantown is READY

SERVPRO of Germantown is READY
SERVPRO of Germantown is always ready to help when disaster strikes, but also knows the importance of ensuring home and business owners are “Ready for whatever happens.”
The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile (ERP) is a no-cost readiness plan that is designed to help home and business owners recover for a disaster faster, which saves both incident response time and recovery costs. The no-cost ERP mobile app allows ERP data to be stored on a smartphone, allowing for quick access to help.

Belfield Philadelphia - Did You Know ?

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

Charles Willson Peale House in Philadelphia

Belfield, also known as the Charles Willson Peale House, was the home of Charles Willson Peale from 1810 to 1826, and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965.

The Belfield Estate was a 104-acre (42 ha) area of land in the Logan section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, much of which is now a part of La Salle University’s campus.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belfield_(Philadelphia)

Information provided by Wikipedia

SERVPRO of Germantown Supports PECO’s, Go 4th & Learn: Day of Service

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

On July 2, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm, SERVPRO will be supporting PECO’s, Go 4th & Learn: Day of Service, at Hunting Park in Germantown, PA. (Intersection of the park is Old York Road and West Lycoming Street).

In regards to the park cleanup, SERVPRO will be donating tools and assets to for volunteers to use to accomplish their specific tasks, such as rakes, garbage bags, trash pickers, gloves, and more.

SERVPRO will also be providing our own, branded water, Philadelphia Pretzel Factory pretzels, Rita’s Italian Ice, and much more, for not only our volunteers but for the community we are working towards cleaning up.

This event is a part of Wawa Welcome America, which is an annual series of celebrations leading up to Independence Day hosted in and around Philadelphia, PA.

For more information, please visit: https://welcomeamerica.com/event/peco-go-4th-and-learn-day-of-service/

Summer Storm Preparation Tips

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Be prepared for power outages this summer with a few tips from SERVPRO of Germantown.

With more frequent storms, it's important to keep a flashlight and extra batteries at hand. Place a flashlight in each room of your home in a place that is easily accessible. Use care when burning candles.

Although the temperatures are higher, have extra blankets around your home in case it does get cold. If the temperatures do drop, do not use gas stoves, grills, or other open flame appliances as a source of heat.

Always be sure to have water bottles and food stored so you are ready for a long storm.

Keep a battery powered radio someplace in your home so you can listen to the news and other information if the power is out due to a storm.

While these tips are important in case of a power outage, having a phone to communicate is essential. Cell phones can run out of charge if there is no way to plug it in so it's useful to keep a hard-wired telephone in your home so you can call if there are any emergencies.

Feltonville - Did You Know ?

6/9/2019 (Permalink)

Feltonville Philadelphia

Feltonville is a working-class neighborhood in North Philadelphia It is located east of Logan and Hunting Park, west of Lawncrestand Juniata, south of Olney, and north of Fairhill and Harrowgate. Feltonville is bounded by Erie Avenue to the south, Front Street to the west, Roosevelt Boulevard to the north, Tacony Creek to the northeast, and G Street to the east.

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SERVPRO of Germantown on site cleaning after a school fire

6/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Germantown cleaning a school after a fire

SERVPRO of Germantown is a proud supporter and restoration business partner of the PSBA, Pennsylvania School Board Association.  Many schools count on us to help them in their time of need.  We have the staff and resources to help schools recover efficiently 

Germantown Philadelphia - Did You Know ?

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Germantown Philadelphia

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.

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Logan - Did You Know ?

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Logan Neighborhood Philadelphia

Logan is a neighborhood in the upper North Philadelphia section of the city of Philadelphia, in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. Majority of the neighborhood falls within the 19141 zip code, but some of it falls within 19140 (Hunting Park ZIP Code). The neighborhood is sometimes confused with the Olney neighborhood of Philadelphia. Olney Avenue extends from both the Olney and Logan neighborhoods of the city. The Olney Transportation Center is located in Logan.

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SERVPRO Welcomes a NEW Rita's in Quakertown, PA!

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

Today, SERVPRO attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Rita's Italian Ice & Frozen Custard, located at the intersection of 6th and West Broad Streets (534 W. Broad Street, to be exact).

The new store is sitting on a prime location, fixed in the center of a very rich, thriving area in Quakertown. Members of our marketing team, Rob and Christina, were greeted by welcoming faces and a warm ceremony, followed by delicious Rita's water-ice.

It is important to welcome new businesses into the community with open arms, for embracing new business owners, who are not too familiar with the area, goes a long way.

With that being said, we would like to wish everyone at the Rita's in Quakertown nothing but the best in the future!

SERVPRO at CAI's 2019 Annual Conference and Expo

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

On May 9th, SERVPRO was present at CAI’s 2019 Annual Conference and Expo at Valley Forge Casino in King of Prussia, PA, as we sponsored the Wi-Fi for the entire day!

The theme for this year’s expo was board games, which ultimately ties into CAI’s PULSE Committee’s efforts in supporting the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). They accepted donations like new board games, card games, craft supplies, or toys, on behalf of CHOP at their PULSE ♥ KIDS table.

SERVPRO also exhibited in addition to our sponsorship, so if you were at this exciting event, we were at our booth (713), chatting with patrons and giving out some awesome SERVPRO gear! 

Our exhibit was filled with happy expo-goers, as they utilized out Putterball game to pass the time!

SERVPRO Aids Convoy of Hope!

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

On Saturday, March 27, SERVPRO of Germantown participated at the community event, Convoy of Hope, which was held at Hunting Park in Philadelphia!

SERVPRO provided a resting area under our tent for First Responders and other patrons to relax during the day’s festivities, as well as several generators to power the event, around 80 cases of specially branded, SERVPRO water, and dumpsters/trashcans that were distributed throughout the park for the Convoy!

This event was eye opening for our staff, as thousands of people funneled in throughout the course of the day to take advantage of the opportunities the Convoy of Hope had to offer. Patrons had access to FREE clothes, shoes, food, haircuts, breast cancer screenings, a job search tent, and much more!

SERVPRO is extremely humbled to have partnered with an international, humanitarian-relief organization in order to give back to the community; we are grateful to have assisted them and applaud them for their driving passion to feed the world through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreach, and disaster response.

SERVPRO of Germantown: Citizen's Police Academy Graduates!

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

On Tuesday, April 23rd, our employees, Robyn M Colajezzi and Rob D'Emilio Jr., graduated from Quakertown Police Department’s, Citizen’s Police Academy.

Over the course of 8 weeks, students gained knowledge of: the police department’s K9 Unit and Special Response Team, self-defense tactics, firearms training, and much more, before shooting pistols at the police department’s firing range.

The culmination of the academy was bittersweet, for the friendships made and lessons learned will always be a constant reminder of the great experiences we’ve had while enrolled in this “fraternity”, as Chief Scott McElree called it at the graduation ceremony.

SERVPRO of Germantown would like to thank the Quakertown Police Department for allowing our staff to take part in the academy, as well as Chief Scott McElree and Sgt. Steven Stoneback for offering this wonderful opportunity to the public.

We highly suggest registering for next year’s academy — we’ll see you there!

SERVPRO to Host FREE Continuing Education Courses!

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is hosting TWO FREE Continuing Education Courses, as well as a complimentary breakfast, lunch, and game of golf for all attendees! Where: Hilton Garden Inn located in Fort Washington (see attached flier for address) When: Thursday, May 9th from 7:30am to 12 noon Classes Offered: Mitigation Awareness and Response, 2 Credits (120264) AND Restoring Contaminated Building, 2 Credits (120258) These courses are designed to assist insurance agents and adjusters in understanding what to expect from a good restoration professional, as well as special procedures used when responding to storms and large loss situations. If enjoying a beautiful day, eating free food, playing a free game of Golf, and taking free Continuing Education courses is something you’d love to be a part of, be sure to reach out to Robyn Colajezzi at robyn@148response.com, or call (267) 227-0748 to register! 

Phillies Contest Winner, Donald J. Smith!

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Yesterday afternoon, Rob, Digital Marketing Manager at SERVPRO of Germantown, met with Donald J. Smith, the winner of our Philadelphia Phillies Ticket Giveaway. Donald won five tickets for this Saturday’s game against the Marlins, and will be taking his great nephew to his first ever Phillies game!

We asked Donald to come prepared for a few pictures, and he showed up like a true, Phillies fan should — decked out in Phillies gear!

We hope Donald and his family have a great time at the game and would like to thank all of those who have participated in this contest!

Go Phillies!

P.S. If you’ve participated in this contest and are disappointed you did not win, don’t worry! We will be announcing our next contest very soon! You DO NOT want to miss this next one! Spread the word…

FREE Stop the Bleed Event!

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

On Saturday, May 11th from 10am to 12pm, Richland Township Fire and Rescue is hosting a Stop the Bleed event which is FREE with registration. The training, food and light beverages will all be provided!

The training will be provided by Focus! Safety Training, who will teach the class techniques that will ultimately help save lives. All of which focus on stopping a person from bleeding, like correctly applying a tourniquet to their wound!

SERVPRO of Germantown will be sponsoring this event, providing barbecue for all those who attend.

Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign that is designed to train people how to save lives in emergency situations that involve critical blood loss.

For more information involving this event, please send our Facebook a direct message, or email your questions to mike@focussafetytraining.com.

SERVPRO Helps The Red Cross Recruit Students to Volunteer

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

April is National Volunteer month, recognizing the efforts of thousands of people who intend to positively impact an important cause. Here, at SERVPRO of Germantown, we strive to practice many forms of community service and are continuously humbled by the remarkable events we are able to help out with.

On Saturday, April 13th, Sean McCabe, co-owner of SERVPRO of Germantown, volunteered with The Red Cross on MCCC Pottstown’s Campus. Sean aided The Red Cross in pursuing students to volunteer and to spread awareness of opportunities in the area where they can lend a helping hand.

Thanks to Sean and The Red Cross, many students were able to learn about the importance of volunteering and the positive impact it has in our communities!

If you are interested in volunteering, please visit https://www.redcross.org/volun…/volunteer-opportunities.html to find out how you can volunteer and make a difference!

Commercial Fire Loss in Philadelphia

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Germantown is always ready to load up and respond to any emergency situation. Today, we responded to a large, commercial fire site in Philadelphia, where our experienced technicians began to restore the property to its original state.

From the moment we become aware of a loss, down to the completion of the job, our staff is locked in every step of the way. It is during the morning briefs, the preparation of equipment, the drive to the loss, and to the arrival on site where our crew focuses on the tasks at hand to deliver quality, efficient restoration work.

So as we tackle this large loss today, and as we are ready do so in the future, SERVPRO of Germantown is committed to providing superior service — in every aspect of the job — GUARANTEED!

One Week Away from Phillies Giveaway Winner!

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

There is one week left to enter in our contest!

WIN Five (5) tickets to see The Phillies take on The Miami Marlins on Saturday, April 27, 2019!!!
TO ENTER:

1) Like this post
2) Like all three (3) of our Facebook Pages: 
@SERVPROofUpperBucks
@SERVPROofgermantown
@SERVPROppb

Please visit our Facebook pages for more information about this contest! We urge you to enter if you haven't yet!

** No Purchase Necessary to Enter or Win.
** This promotion/giveaway is in NO WAY sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook, The Philadelphia Phillies, The Miami Marlins and/or by Citizen’s Bank Park or any of its affiliates.
** Disclaimer: We do not own the rights to the images used in this flyer. The images used belong to their respective copyright holders.

Future Social Media Giveaways

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

To our Facebook community:

We would like to thank all of those who have been participating in our Facebook contests, hopefully having a great time doing so, too. In order for us to continue offering giveaways that appeal to everyone, we want YOU to tell us some giveaways you want to see in the future!

Our Instagram pages will be launching polls on their Stories, in hopes of gaining insight from the public, as to what types of prizes they might want to be included in upcoming contests. Make sure you FOLLOW OUR ACCOUNTS to participate in these polls!

Our Instagram handles are as follows:

SERVPRO of Upper Bucks: SERVPROofupperbucks

SERVPRO of Germantown: SERVPROofgermantown

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton: SERVPROppb

These polls will give us the opportunity to see what kind of prizes you’d like to win!

There is NO WRONG ANSWER! Each response will be recorded, but common/reoccurring suggestions will be placed into consideration for future contests!

We will be keeping an eye on our polls and can’t wait to see what you all come up with! Thank you!!!

- Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr. 

Kett-KSV 432 Vacuum Saws

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Germantown, we are committed to excelling all of your expectations with our restoration services, striving to leave your properties cleaner than we left them. To help aid this goal, we’ve been implementing brand new, Kett KSV-432 Vacuum Saws on jobsites.

The cast, aluminum heads of these vacuum saws accepts your shop vacs, which controls the vast amounts of dust and debris that spreads from cutting drywall, fiberglass, plaster, and other materials. The saws are also very maneuverable, due to their lightweight design, making them the ideal tool for cutting in close quarters.

Our field technicians and production managers have been giving these saws great praise recently, one of them being Sean McCabe. “These tools are great for demolition jobs because although they are very efficient saws, they don’t leave any mess.”

SERVPRO strives to perform the necessary tasks to leave your properties in a better condition before we hand you back the keys; if you need demolition work or any restoration services, give your local, SERVPRO franchise a call TODAY!

- Content by Rob D’Emilio Jr.

Fire Weather Warning

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

ATTENTION: Fire Weather Watch 

AFFECTED AREAS: The Poconos, the Lehigh Valley, Berks County and Southeastern Pennsylvania. Also, Northwestern, Central and Southern New Jersey, as well as the entire state of Delaware. 

From 10:00am until 9:00pm, Wednesday, April 3.

Winds: West 20 to 25mph with gusts of 30 to 35mph.

Humidity: 20% to 30%

Temperatures: High 60s. 

Impacts: Gusty winds and very dry air will create conditions that may promote the rapid spread of wildfires. 

Like any other weather warning, instances such as these should be taken seriously and should be cause for concern, which warrants sufficient preparation to avoid and/or limit potential damages.

For more information about wildfire danger, burn restrictions, and wildfire prevention and education, please visit your state forestry or environmental protection website. 

No matter the weather or what nature throws your way, SERVPRO has your back! 

-Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr. 

SERVPRO Safety Tips: Space Heater Dangers

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Every year, over 25,000 house fires can be attributed to the incorrect usage of space heaters, according to Consumer Reports.

Fighting the cold weather using these machines can be safe — referring to NFPA’s (National Fire Protection Association) “Heater Checklist” will guide you into making the correct decisions to ensure a safe home/environment for your space heater to do its work.

Some of these tips include, but are not limited to:

  • When buying a space heater, make sure that the unit has a seal from a qualified testing laboratory on it.
  • Keeping children away from these heaters will limit bodily injury and poor usage of the units.
  • Make sure the unit is placed on a solid, flat surface.
  • Allow at least 3 feet of space between the space heater and anything else, including humans. Items that tend to catch fire are: curtains, bedding or upholstered furniture.
  • Turn off the units when you leave the room or before you go to bed.

If your property has been damaged due to a fire and you suspect that your space heater was the cause, call your local SERVPRO franchise for all of your restoration needs.

-Content by Rob D’Emilio Jr.

Gamma Irradiation

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

Gamma irradiation is a process used for cleaning/disinfecting and decontaminating documents or other consumer goods. In gamma irradiation, high-energy photons are emitted from an isotope source producing ionization throughout a product.

In a CAT 3 situation (sewage or flood water), documents are not only deteriorating but are also infected with all types of bacteria. In most storm situations, you are dealing with CAT 3 water; therefore, most of the affected documents that you will encounter these disruptions result in damage to the DNA and other cellular structures, These photon-induced changes at the molecular level cause the death of the organism or render the organism incapable of reproduction. The gamma process does not create residuals or impart radioactivity in processed products.

SERVPRO is always ready to help restore your documents and would be more than willing to assist you in any way that we can — give your local franchise a call for all of your restoration needs!

Vacuum Freeze Drying Wet Documents

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

As to be expected with flooding and water-damaged homes, important documents, like financial statements or paperwork, also get water-damaged and what is usually perceived as unsalvageable. However, SERVPRO offers services that can help you restore your important documents to reclaim their original form.

Utilizing our SERVPRO Vacuum Freeze Drying services is the most efficient and effective option for salvaging water-damaged documents. In fact, our Document Restoration Team uses the same techniques that the Library of Congress uses to dry water-damaged books!

The process, in which an item containing moisture, is frozen and dried using vacuums to achieve sublimation, from exerting a lot of pressure. Sublimation means that solids (ice) turn into gas (water vapor) without becoming liquid first. Think about the carbon dioxide derivation, dry ice; dry ice (solid) sublimates when it is exposed to normal atmospheric conditions, turning into gas directly from its solid stage.

If you have wet documents due to water damage, or have any questions regarding this process, contact your local SERVPRO Franchise today!

-Content by Rob D’Emilio Jr.

Local Flooding in Your Areas

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

With several inches of rain accumulating in our area, flooding is inevitable and can prove to be quite costly. In fact, in 2011, floods caused $8.41 billion in damages in the United States (LiveScience); in some degree, wherever rain falls, flooding can occur.

SERVPRO of Germantown’s technicians are highly skilled in dealing with flooding of all sorts, assuring each homeowner that the job will be done correctly and efficiently. From start to finish, our staff and technicians will support you each step of the way — no loss is too big for us to tackle!

There are measures that you could take to help limit the severity of damages to your home or business caused by flooding; putting together an emergency kit for your family and creating escape plans if you are anticipating a high volume of flood water will definitely keep you ready.

Furthermore, keeping your internal assets, like your furnace, water heater and electrical panels, up off the ground will also limit the likelihood of flood-related damages.

-Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr., Statistics from LiveScience.com

Pennridge Chamber of Commerce's St. Patrick’s Parade and Celtic Fest

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

This passed Saturday, March 16th, the Pennridge Chamber of Commerce hosted the 4th Annual, St. Patrick’s Parade and Celtic Fest. The parade, beginning at Pennridge South Middle School, ended at the Sellersville firehouse where festivities took place.

We were excited to have two of our SERVPRO Storm Troopers make appearances during the parade, who were giving out candy and taking pictures with patrons. We are also pleased with the large amount of people inquiring about our services underneath our tent, before taking one of the free, SERVPRO tote bags to carry treats and gifts from the festival.

Sarah Liebel, our Community Outreach Manager, was able to connect with a lot of people in our area. “We had such a great time at Celtic Fest,” said Liebel, “there were many activities to participate in and people having fun.”

Our continued involvement in the Pennridge Chamber of Commerce’s annual parade has been an awesome experience every year and we can’t wait to participate again!

-Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr. 

Donating Citizen Care Bags

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

(From left to right) Robyn Colajezzi, Deputy Chief Johnson, Cherice Corley.

On March 14th, SERVPRO of Germantown (SERVPROs of Pennypack/Bustleton & Upper Bucks) organized the assortment of 100 Citizen Care Bags and donated them to the Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation. From there, the Foundation will provide these bags to CAT Teams (Community Action Teams), whose specialists are chosen by the Fire Prevention Division, the Fire Code Unit and the Fire Marshal’s Office. These units assist the Fire Department’s ability to provide residents with fire protection care and aid 24/7/365.

SERVPROs own, Robyn Colajezzi, Director of Commercial Marketing and Development, met with Cherice Corley, president of the Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation, and Charles W. Johnson, Deputy Chief of the Fire Prevention Division, to hand off our Citizen Care Bags.

The Citizen Care Bags will be provided to fire victims after being secured, away from the fire. The bags contain water, snacks, first aid kits, socks, diapers and wipes, pacifiers, toiletries and other items that are organized in children and adult marked bags.

We are thrilled to be working with the Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation in order to help fire victims receive care, safety and Citizen Care Bags to relieve them of these unfortunate situations!

-Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr. 

Water Damage Over Time

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Secondary destruction, due to an initial issue with water damage, is almost always inevitable if the appropriate, initial steps aren’t taken. Over time, water can cause your house to suffer from numerous issues. In fact, water damage can rapidly increase the owner’s claim costs in just a couple of minutes; moisture-sensitive furniture could start to turn white, or furniture that is resting on/in wet areas could begin to leach and stain the surrounding areas.

Within a few hours, any furniture that is resting in water will likely begin to swell and delaminate. Odors, which are typically considered normal for households, begin to become more apparent due to the humidity inside the property.

If left alone for days, warping and cupping of wood starts to become more noticeable, often leaving wooden floors unsalvageable. Wooden floors aren’t only affected, though, being that structural pieces (made from wood) begin to swell, warp and split apart. More possibilities include musty odors that could fill the property due to fungi development, or less abrasive instances where wallpaper adhesives start to peel away — just be sure to remove items that are being hung using this method to prevent further damage to those items.

Properties that go weeks without being tended to after water damage are liable to obtain a laundry list of issues. Mold starts to sink into organic material, ultimately ruining the integrity of said material. Due to microbial growth, allergen sensitivity may arise, causing any occupants to evacuate the property. But it gets worse; a complete gutting of the structure could be the only option. Not only will this drive out the occupants who are living in that residence, but will increase the claim substantially.

It is important to handle any considerable amount of water damage done to your home in a timely matter. Doing so could potentially avoid a large loss situation that could have been totally avoidable in the first place.

Are you unsure of what to do or how to handle your water damage situation? Call your local SERVPRO franchise for all of your water restoration needs!

-Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr. 

Restoration Cases Involving Contaminated Water Damage

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

When your home is affected by water damage, taking the appropriate, safe steps to restore the property is usually the correct response. However, if your home was damaged due to contaminated water, like sewage, there are some things to consider that will help prevent exposure to a range of harmful pollutants.

First and foremost, contact your local SERVPRO franchise to help you decide what your best course of action is. Our Franchise Professionals can identify the source and type of water, before utilizing drying equipment that controls the temperate and humidity, which minimizes secondary damage.

In the meantime, do your best to avoid any and all contact with contaminated water and the items it also may have contaminated. By not walking unnecessarily through damaged areas, you can reduce the possibility of spreading contaminated water through your property.

Do not use household fans or HVAC systems to dry the structure; spreading contaminants through the air could be a likely outcome by doing so. Furthermore, do not use personal hygiene products if they have been exposed to contaminated areas — if you’ve come in contact with contaminated items, wash your hands thoroughly.

To learn more about contaminated water and how it could impact you, visit epa.gov where you will find a complete list of possible contaminants due to contaminated water.

-Content by Rob D’Emilio Jr.

Dealing with Water Damage?

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

House affected by water damage? Here is what you should not do:

If your ceiling is wet or looks to be sagging, do not enter the room or attempt to turn on any ceiling fixtures for any reason. Avoiding rooms with standing water, where electrical shock hazards may exist, is of upmost importance; moreover, electrical shock hazards should be avoided at all costs. This means you should not enter areas if there are electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or any other kinds of electrical equipment that is directly exposed to copious amounts of water and/or water damage. Putting yourself in harm's way is an unneeded risk after your property suffers water damage — call your local SERVPRO franchise for further assistance. 

-Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr. 

Are You Prepared?

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

When is the last time you scheduled a pipe to burst in your home or office? How often would you like your property damaged due to faulty wiring? Although the answer to these questions is “never”, accidents happen and these instances aren’t ever planned.

SERVPRO recognizes the need for a quick, timely and proper restoration effort in order to sanitize the property and to have the tenants back like the loss never even happened. Preparing for the unexpected will give you an edge if disaster strikes, which is why you should consider developing an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). Your ERP could be a part of your Contingency Plan, which will contain information you need in the event of an emergency situation.

With over 45 years of experience in the cleanup and restoration industry, SERVPRO knows how to mitigate damages while limiting frustrations along the way. Creating an ERP for your home or facility will lessen stress and help you put an emphasis on getting back into the building as fast as possible; your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional can help you create an ERP that best suits your expectations.

Through detailed communication, the SERVPRO Franchise Professional will walk through all of your options in order for you to choose an ERP that allows you to stay informed and in control. Set up an appointment with your local SERVPRO to begin preparing for a possible disaster before it happens!

-Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr. 

SERVPRO Safety Tips: Preparing for Snowmelt Flooding

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

With Philadelphia and its surrounding areas getting anywhere from 1 to 6 inches of snowfall with the most recent snow storm, home and business owners are anticipating flooding — and rightfully so.

Snowmelt is a term that, quite literally, defines itself — it is running water made up of melting snow, which can be dangerous. As temperatures rise, snow and ice buildups become one of the main culprits behind flooding of homes, businesses, streets, fields and bodies of water.

Preparing for flooding before it happens will likely decrease your chances of falling victim to flood damage caused by snowmelt. Consider these tips:

  • Purchase a sump pump and test it regularly; these devices, when working properly, help prevent liquid buildup in your home/business.
  • Inspect your property for cracks on walls, floors or corners of your foundation. Water can still seep through porous concrete, but sealing cracks will decrease your chances of water breaching your property.
  • If possible, clear your property’s high points of snow — copious amounts of snow collects on roofs and overhangs, which can be liable to leak through the top of your foundation.
  • After a snowfall, clear a large path around the perimeter of your home/business. If you don’t have access to a snow blower, the ole’ shovel and elbow grease will do the trick.

Keeping these tips in mind will benefit you if your home or business is close to being compromised by snowmelt flooding. But remember, when winter weather strikes, SERVPRO strikes back!

If you are in need of water restoration services due to any type of storm, call your local SERVPRO so our Franchise Professionals can get your home or business back in shape!

-Content by Rob D'Emilio

SERVPRO Safety Tips: Dealing with Fire Damage

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), an estimated average of 355,400 homes had caught fire and were responded to by U.S. fire departments from 2012 to 2016. These fires contributed to millions of dollars in damages, often leaving homeowners in the unfortunate situation of dealing with the wreckage.

When your home falls victim to a fire, SERVPRO wants you to know how to handle the situation effectively and by limiting the amount of harmful contaminants and soot you interact with.

You should:

  • Try to limit the amount of foot traffic in your home, for moving around frequently can further embed soot particles into your carpet and upholstery.
  • Gather old linens and dry towels to place on rugs, carpets and upholstery in high, foot traffic areas.
  • Soot on your hands can be easily spread throughout your home, so be sure to keep them clean to avoid soiling walls, upholstery, etc.

You shouldn’t:

  • Try to wash any walls or painted surfaces — or shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture — without first contacting your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to the fire, for they may be contaminated and not safe to ingest.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet; the wiring may be faulty and could pose negative health effects, like electric shock and secondary damage due to increased air movement.

Instead of possibly causing further damage to your home after a fire, or putting your health at risk, call your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals to take care of it for you. Our team will help you every step of the way, providing top-tier work and ERBs (Emergency Response Bags) for your convenience.

For more information about our fire restoration services, or for information regarding our ERBs, call your local SERVPRO franchise today!

- Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr.

SERVPRO Safety Tips (Carbon Monoxide)

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Carbon Monoxide (CO), the colorless and odorless gas that takes roughly 500 people every year, poisons people the most during the winter months. Spreading often due to the usage of gas furnaces, cars, charcoal grills, propane stoves and portable generators — which can be contributed to the cold weather — CO “sends at least 15,000 Americans to the emergency room” (WebMd).

To prevent carbon monoxide in your homes or businesses, consider these options:

  • If you are using a fireplace or plan on having some type of fire in an enclosed space, make sure you allow the smoke and other toxic fumes emitted by fire to be vented to the outside.
  • Do not run vehicles inside confined spaces (ex. Garages).
  • Do not try to heat your home or business using a stove.
  • If you are using generators, grills or any other gas/oil burning machines, do not use them inside your homes or businesses. While outside, though, keep them away from windows.
  • Have a Carbon Monoxide detector installed in your home/business

If you have already been affected by Carbon Monoxide, call your local SERVPRO franchise to have our certified technicians clear out the gasses from your property!

- Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr.

Hydroxyl Generator Systems

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

To ensure that our products rise above our competitors, SERVPRO steadily offers the best pieces of technology when it comes to fire, water, smoke and odor restoration. Resting among other top deodorization systems that SERVPRO provides are Hydroxyls.

Using green technology, Hydroxyls are the industry’s most advanced solution for purifying the air, decontaminating contents and surfaces, as well as eliminating stubborn odors. Hydroxyls, in nature, are molecules that are created in Earth’s atmosphere, which are the byproduct of the sun’s ultraviolet rays and water vapor.

Due to their bacteria killing qualities, they play a critical role in removing viruses and mold, often being referred to as the “detergent” of the atmosphere. Hydroxyls also take part in breaking down volatile organic compounds (VOCs), gases, vapors, chemical fumes and unpleasant odors.

These patented systems use UV technology provided by Odorex, which are scientifically confirmed, field proven and disruptive to all conventional deodorization and cleaning technologies.

While SERVPRO continues to enhance our products, we continue serving our communities with pride, offering the best restoration services across the country. If you are in need of deodorization services or would like to learn more about our products, contact your local SERVPRO today!

- Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr.

Selling Your Home?

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

An insightful, 2012 article by the New York Times suggests that cleaning your home before selling it increases your chances of acquiring the sale. The article refers to, Ginger Brokaw, a senior vice president at Town Residential real estate in Manhattan, and why she says getting your home as clean as possible “is absolutely something of the greatest importance.”

“I’ve seen the response of people walking into a home that hasn’t been cleaned, staged or prepared for showings, and one that has,” she says, “the difference is night and day.”

To enhance your chances of closing the sale, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will help you get an edge in the market by determining the extent of your property’s damages and to remove harmful bacteria and odors from your property.

Don’t run the risk of selling a dirty home — call your local professionals at SERVPRO for all of your cleaning and restoration needs!

Content By: Rob D’Emilio

Combatting the Flu

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

The winter season guarantees cold temperatures and inclement weather, but sicknesses, like the flu, unfortunately strives during this time. According to an article published by CNBC in 2018, an estimated 80,000 people died of the flu during the 2017 winter season. With a staggering statistic such as this, it is imperative that you do part in helping to prevent the spread of flu and other germs in your homes and businesses. To help you with these efforts, you can depend on your local SERVPRO franchise to clean and sanitize building materials, surfaces and contents following restoration industry standards.

From using EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants to utilizing our trained technicians to clean your HVAC and duct systems — which help reduce the risk of circulating harmful contaminants — SERVPRO is dedicated to fighting the spread of flu germs in hopes that the accumulating death toll ceases to rise.

- Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr. 

Winter Weather

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, we’ve taken great pride in providing restoration services for both residential and commercial owners for over 50 years. While we anticipate a high volume of calls due to the most recent winter storm, it is imperative that you prepare your property for the inclement weather accordingly, beforehand to ensure your safety.

Unfortunately, winter storms can be quite unpredictable, both in size and in nature, which prevents the public from avoiding damages to their property — that’s where we come in.

When winter weather strikes, we strike back. SERVPRO utilizes determined technicians who are dedicated to turning your losses into new beginnings.

Don’t let the winter weather get you down — call SERVPRO today for all of your restoration needs!

Like it Never Even Happened.

Content By: Rob D'Emilio

Polar Vortex

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Polar Vortex

The polar vortex is a large area of low pressure and cold air surrounding the Earth's North and South poles. The term vortex refers to the counter-clockwise flow of air that helps keep the colder air close to the poles (left globe). Often during winter in the Northern Hemisphere, the polar vortex will become less stable and expand, sending cold Arctic air southward over the United States with the jet stream (right globe). The polar vortex is nothing new  – in fact, it's thought that the term first appeared in an 1853 issue of E. Littell's Living Age

Provided by NOAA.GOV

SERVPRO Large Loss Team

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

Recently SERVPRO of Germantown has been called in to many schools during the Summer months to remediate mold growing in the classrooms. We have the experience and knowledge to handle any large loss presented!

Should a storm or major event strike, call (215)-848-8875

Content by : SERVPRO Corporate

Resources to Prepare for Storm Harper!

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Winter Storm Harper is set to blow in this weekend. Listed below are some helpful links to help you and your family prepare for this weekend's winter weather! Stay safe! All the power companies serving electric customers, along with links to OUTAGE MAPS for each utility supplier and how to report an outage: http://www.puc.state.pa.us/consumer_info/electricity/electric_companies_suppliers.aspx - Road conditions and traffic jams in the Keystone State can be found here: https://www.511pa.com/ - Twitter account for the state Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), which posts updates consistently throughout storms: https://twitter.com/ReadyPA - County-by-county preparedness and shelter information links: Bucks County // Chester County // Delaware County // Montgomery County // Philadelphia - The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency's ReadyPA winter preparedness guide: https://www.ready.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx Keep us in mind if you do find yourself faced with a frozen pipe that burst or storm damage!

Winter Storm Harper

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

The Winter Storm Harper is predicted to drop quite a bit of snow this weekend from the Plains all the way up through the Northeast region of the U.S.. Artic cold air is one of the ingredients in this winter storm that will factor in to how much snow is actually dropped. The storms path and inches of accumulation is still being determined as it looks like it will be pivoting through the Midwest and Northeast. The area from the Great Lakes to the New England area. If you have plans to travel this weekend you may want to cancel or change them as many flight delays and rough road conditions are expected. Be sure to keep checking on the status of this storm and prepare accordingly.

Content by: https://weather.com/storms/winter/news/2019-01-15-winter-storm-harper-snow-forecast-plains-midwest-northeast

National Blood Donor Month

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

National Blood Donor Month is celebrated in the United States in January each year since 1970. January is a time that sees significantly less blood donations due to the holidays, people’s busy schedules, seasonal illness and inclement winter weather. This makes January one of the most difficult times to collect enough donations to meet needs. This is what led President Nixon to declare January as National Blood Donor Month on December 31, 1969.

The American Red Cross says that nearly 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood yet only around 10% actually donate. One pint of blood can save up tp three lives! Some other benefits include:

  • Free blood tests – donated blood is tested and donor can asked to be informed if any irregularities are found.
  • Satisfaction of saving human lives
  • Calorie burn – Blood donation process burns 650 calories – about the same as an average spin class!
  • Reduced risk of heart disease – helps eliminate excess buildup of iron in the blood
  • Reduced risk of cancer – also due to reduction of excess iron buildup in the blood

To find out more on the blood donation process and where to give, visit either www.redcross.org or https://www.giveapint.org/

Content By: https://www.few.org/national-blood-donor-month/ & https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/Resolve-to-Give-during-National-Blood-Donor-Month.html

Giveaway!

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Upper Bucks, SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton & SERVPRO of Germantown 76ERS V.S. THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS TICKET GIVEAWAY/SWEEPSTAKES - OFFICIAL RULES


NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. THIS SWEEPSTAKES/GIVEAWAY IS IN NO WAY SPONSORED, ENDORSED OR ADMINISTERED BY OR ASSOCIATED WITH FACEBOOK, THE  PHILADELPHIA 76ERS, WELLS FARGO AND/OR THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS.WE DO NOT OWN THE RIGHTS TO THE IMAGES USED THE FLYER. THE IMAGES USED BELONG SOLELY TO THEIR RESPECTIVE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS.

1.  PROMOTION DESCRIPTION:

The SERVPRO of Upper Bucks, SERVPRO  of Pennypack/Bustleton & SERVPRO of Germantown 76ers v.s. The Golden State Warriors Sweepstakes (\"Sweepstakes\") begins on December 28th 2019 at 12:00 p.m. and ends on February 21st 2019 at 11:59 p.m. (the \"Promotion Period\").

The sponsor of this Sweepstakes is SERVPRO of Upper Bucks, SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton and SERVPRO of Germantown ("Sponsor"). By participating in the Sweepstakes, each Entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the Sweepstakes. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Sweepstakes. Sponsor may be reached by email at marketingstaff@SERVPROupperbucks.com during the Promotion Period.


2.  ELIGIBILITY:

Open to legal residents of The United States, given the Entrant can provide transportation to and from the game, who are a minimum of 18 years of age (the \"Entrant\"). If the Entrant is under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian can claim the prize for the Entrant. Sponsor, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, retailers, sales representatives, advertising and promotion agencies and each of their respective officers, directors and employees (the \"Promotion Entities\"), are ineligible to enter the Sweepstakes or win a prize. Household Members and Immediate Family Members of such individuals are also not eligible to enter or win. "Household Members" shall mean those people who share the same residence at least three months a year. "Immediate Family Members" shall mean parents, step-parents, legal guardians, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, or spouses. This Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited or restricted by law.



  1. PRIZE:

    Grand Prize: One (1) winners will receive [Two (2) Tickets, Lower Level Section 101, Row 19, Seats 4 and 5, to the 76ers v.s. the Golden State Warriors on Saturday March 2nd 2019] (approximate retail value or "ARV": $1,331.50)

    Prizes cannot be transferred, redeemed for cash or substituted by winner. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to award a substitute prize of equal or greater value if a prize described in these Official Rules is unavailable or cannot be awarded, in whole or in part, for any reason. The ARV of the prize represents Sponsor's good faith determination. That determination is final and binding and cannot be appealed. If the actual value of the prize turns out to be less than the stated ARV, the difference will not be awarded in cash. Sponsor makes no representation or warranty concerning the appearance, safety or performance of any prize awarded. Restrictions, conditions, and limitations may apply. Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prize items.
       
    This Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of The United States, given they can provide their own transportation, and the Prize will only be awarded and/or delivered to addresses within said locations. All federal, state and/or local taxes, fees, and surcharges are the sole responsibility of the prize winner. Failure to comply with the Official Rules will result in forfeiture of the prize.
       

    4. HOW TO ENTER:

Enter the Sweepstakes during the Promotion Period online on Facebook by liking one (1), two (2), or all three (3) of our Facebook pages: SERVPRO of Upper Bucks (@SERVPROOfUpperBucks), SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton (@SERVPROppb), and SERVPRO of Germantown (@SERVPROofgermantown). By liking one of the three pages, the Entrant’s name will be entered once. If the Entrant likes two (2) of our pages, his/her name will be entered twice. If the Entrant likes all three (3) of our pages, the Entrant’s name will be entered three times. The Entrant can only enter the contest by liking one, two or all three of the pages listed. Liking any other Facebook pages not specified above including but not limited to, other SERVPRO Franchises, will not qualify for entry. There are no additional ways to enter the Sweepstakes.

If the Entrant “likes” one of the pages and then “unlikes” one or all of the pages, their entry will be disqualified and the Entrant’s name will be removed from the Sweepstakes. Internet entry must be made by the Entrant. Any attempt by Entrant to obtain more than the stated number of Entries by using multiple/different email addresses, identities, registrations, logins or any other methods, will void Entrant's Entries and that Entrant may be disqualified. Final eligibility for the award of any prize is subject to eligibility verification as set forth below. All Entries must be posted by the end of the Promotion Period in order to participate. Sponsor's database clock will be the official timekeeper for this Sweepstakes.
   

5. WINNER SELECTION:

The Winner of the Sweepstakes will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received throughout the Promotion Period. The random drawing will be conducted on Friday February 22, 2019 after the Promotion Period by Sponsor or its designated representatives, whose decisions are final. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible Entries received.


6. WINNER NOTIFICATION:

Winner will be notified by Facebook Messenger and the Facebook email provided on the Entrant’s Facebook profile if one is provided approximately by the end of the day on Friday February 22, 2019 after the random drawing. Potential Winner must accept a prize by email as directed by Sponsor within 24 hours of notification or else the prize will be forfeited and a second Winner will be chosen in the same regards.. Sponsor is not responsible for any delay or failure to receive notification for any reason, including inactive email account(s), technical difficulties associated therewith, or Winner’s failure to adequately monitor any email account.

Any winner notification not responded to or returned as undeliverable may result in prize forfeiture. The potential prize winner may be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and release of liability, and a Publicity Release (collectively \"the Prize Claim Documents\"). No substitution or transfer of a prize is permitted except by Sponsor.


7. PRIVACY:

Any personal information supplied by you will be subject to the privacy policy of the Sponsor posted at https://www.SERVPROupperbucks.com/privacy. By entering the Sweepstakes, you grant Sponsor permission to share your email address (if provided by Facebook), your Facebook Profile and Messaging system and any other personally identifiable information with the other Sweepstakes Entities for the purpose of administration and prize fulfillment, including use in a publicly available Winners list.


8. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:

Sponsor assumes no responsibility or liability for (a) any incorrect or inaccurate entry information, or for any faulty or failed electronic data transmissions; (b) any unauthorized access to, or theft, destruction or alteration of entries at any point in the operation of this Sweepstakes; (c) any technical malfunction, failure, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or communications line failure, regardless of cause, with regard to any equipment, systems, networks, lines, satellites, servers, camera, computers or providers utilized in any aspect of the operation of the Sweepstakes; (d) inaccessibility or unavailability of any network or wireless service, the Internet or website or any combination thereof; (e) suspended or discontinued Internet, wireless or landline phone service; or (f) any injury or damage to participant's or to any other person’s computer or mobile device which may be related to or resulting from any attempt to participate in the Sweepstakes or download of any materials in the Sweepstakes.

If, for any reason, the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned for reasons which may include without limitation, infection by computer virus, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which may corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes, the Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes in whole or in part. In such event, Sponsor shall immediately suspend all drawings and prize awards, and Sponsor reserves the right to award any remaining prizes (up to the total ARV as set forth in these Official Rules) in a manner deemed fair and equitable by Sponsor. Sponsor and Released Parties shall not have any further liability to any participant in connection with the Sweepstakes.
 

9. SOCIAL NETWORK DISCLAIMER

A Facebook account may be required to enter. If you don’t already have a Facebook account, visit www.facebook.com to create one. It is free to create an account. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to the Sponsor and not to Facebook. By participating via the Facebook platform, participants are also subject to Facebook’s data policy and terms of use, which can be found at https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy and https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms/update.


10. WINNER LIST/OFFICIAL RULES:

To obtain a copy of the Winner List or a copy of these Official Rules, send your request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to SERVPRO of Upper Bucks cc: The 76ers v.s. The Golden State Warriors Giveaway at 1501 W. Park Ave, Perkasie, Pennsylvania 18944 or by email at marketingstaff@SERVPROupperbucks.com. Requests for the names of the winners must be received no later than March 21, 2019 after the Promotion Period has ended. The winner will alsop be posted on all three of the Facebook accounts listed above in the “How To Enter” section. The winner will be posted after winner confirmation is complete.


11. SPONSOR/ADMINISTRATOR:

SERVPRO of Upper Bucks, 1501 W. Park Ave, Perkasie, Pennsylvania 18944, marketingstaff@SERVPROupperbucks.com

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton, 9800 Ashton Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19114, marketingstaff@SERVPROupperbucks.com


SERVPRO of Germantown, 5501 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144, marketingstaff@SERVPROupperbucks.com

Frozen Pipes!

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

With the weather continually dropping, frozen pipes become a concern that all homeowners should be aware of. Aside from the lack of running water, frozen pipes are dangerous because of their potential to burst. If they do burst it will create a larger ,more dangerous problem. Here are four signs that your pipes may have frozen:

  1. Low Temperature: Obviously the weather must drop down low enough for water to freeze. When the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit is when you should start to take precautions to avoid freezing pipes.
  2. Frost on the Pipes: This one may seem obvious as well but you should always be checking your pipes when it gets colder to ensure there is no frost accumulating.
  3. No Water is Coming Out of the Pipes: If the water from your faucet is running low, just dripping or is completely dry then your pipes may be frozen.
  4. Strange Smells: When a pipe is frozen there is nowhere for the odor to go other then back where it came from. This is why you may be smelling an odd smell from your drains when you have a frozen pipe.

Content by: https://www.thebalancesmb.com/how-to-tell-if-your-pipes-are-frozen-2124985

Board-Up Services!

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

After an emergency involving one's own property, whether it be a bad storm, fire or water damage, many properties need to be boarded up. Board ups are done to prevent the properties from incurring any further damage before the remediation process can begin. Board ups are one thing that should be left to the professionals. Most people are experiencing emotional trauma after an emergency involving their own property. By calling SERVPRO in for a board up, it relieves some of the stress and leaves our customers with time to deal with the accident on their own time.

Aside from the board up, we also can start the remediation and restoration process as soon as possible.  Our services are available 24/7 and we always have a crew on call ready to assist in emergency situations. Give us a call today at 215-848-8875.

An Inside Look in to Our Sponsorships

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

Some of our office staff helping serve lunch during the ABC Clay Shoot.

Our owners, Sean McCabe and Mike McGrory, are the first people to lend a hand and help sponsor groups in our community. Although most sponsorships consist of money or a check, they believe there is a greater value to gain out of these experiences. That is why in place of a check, they supply lunch, volunteers, and/ or supplies. Whether they are providing lunch during an event in the community or at one of the local chambers of commerce or association groups, they barbecue and cook everything from scratch! Some of the office staff will then come and help serve the food and run the event. This type of sponsorship leaves lasting impressions on people in a way that goes way beyond a monetary value. We build connections with people in our community while supplying them with the best lunch they have ever had! We aren’t just saying that either, everyone always raves about Sean and Mike’s cooking. We find great joy in being able to give back to our community and to the groups we are apart of.

Hydrating Heroes lll

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

This year SERVPRO of Germantown, along with other local SERVPRO Franchises, are hosting their 3rd annual Hydrating Heroes event at the Wells Fargo Center! This event celebrates the commitment of all of our First Responders and Community Heroes. What started out as a smaller event has grown tremendously over the past three years. So much that last year the event was moved to Lot C at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa. Hydrating Heroes is a tailgate event where breakfast is served, prizes are raffled away, and a multitude of cases of water are given away to the First Responder Community. Even though Hydrating Heroes is held in December of each year, we have heated tents to keep everyone warm!

Miller Keystones will also be back for a 3rd year as well hosting a blood drive on site.  This event is open to all First Responders and blood donors.

Please contact Sean McCabe at sean.mccabe@148response.com to RVSP.

Content and picture by: Sean McCabe from SERVPRO of Germantown

Large Loss Commercial Services

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

When attending many conferences we found that many people only associate us with residential services but we handle many large loss jobs as well. Our crew is trained both on how to handle small apartment losses up to huge commercial business losses.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

Content by: SERVPRO Corporate

Cooking Safety

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

This past week was National Fire Prevention Week. Every day we posted different fire safety tip sheets from the National Fire Protection Association’s Website. Today we shared information on how to stay safe in the kitchen.

“Cooking with Caution”

  • Be on Alert. Do not cook if you are sleepy or have consumed any alcohol. This can potentially create dangerous situations. Do not use the stovetop or stove if you are under the influence.
  • Be sure to stay in the kitchen while frying, boiling, grilling or broiling food. Always turn off the stove if you have to leave the kitchen, no matter how quick you may be.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in your home while it is cooking, or use a timer so you do not forget about it.
  • Be sure your kitchen is free of clutter and no loose items are near the stove. This reduces the chance of anything catching on fire.

If you have a small grease/ cooking fire and decide to fight the fire…

  • On the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Leave the pan to covered until it is completely cool.
  • If the fire is inside the oven, shut the oven off and keep the door closed.

If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire…

  • Just leave the house! When leaving be sure to close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from outside the house.

Content by: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Campaigns/Fire-Prevention-Week/Safety-Tip-Sheets

Mold Tips!

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold growth can happen in as little as 48 hours and can quickly become a huge problem in your business or home. Whether it is caused by a leaky pipe, water intrusion, or a roof leak, mold will grow if things like this are not taken care of quickly. Mold not only can cause damage to your property but also can cause health effects. Luckily our SERVPRO crew has the tools, training, and equipment to handle any mold job.

What To Do If You Discover Mold:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system.
  • Contact us for mold remediation services.

What NOT To Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Do not blow air across any surface with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Do not spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

Content by: SERVPRO Corporate

"Mold Removal" vs. Remediation

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Many people do not know that there is a difference between “mold removal” and remediation. Mold spores exist naturally everywhere, both indoors and outdoors, as they are microscopic. This means that removing 100% of mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration companies will advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee they can completely remove all mold. This is simply not true.

Qualified restoration companies understand the science behind mold growth and the make up of mold. All SERVPRO franchises provide thorough training on how to properly remediate mold. The remediation of mold focuses on getting the levels of mold back to natural and normal levels.

Since every mold damage scenario is different, each requires a different solution but our general mold remediation process stays consistent.

  • Step 1: Emergency Contact to your local SERVPRO Franchise
  • Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Step 3: Mold Containment
  • Step 4: Air Filtration
  • Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Step 7: Restoration

Content by: SERVPRO Corporate

Water Damage Emergency Tips

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

When an emergency happens people tend to panic and sometimes do not have the proper tools to calmly deal with the situation. When water affects your house whether it be due to a heavy storm or a broken water heater it is always good to be informed on what to do next.

As in any emergency, safety should be you number one concern, and a water damage situation is no different!

  • “Is it safe to stay in the house?” This should always be the first question you ask yourself. If the water damage has any potential to put you or your family at risk, then leave the house.
  • Electrical and “slip and fall” hazards are some of the most common concerns. Be sure to shut off an power source it is safe to do so safely.
  • Wet materials can be very heavy, so be careful when moving them.
  • Be sure to only do things to your house that are safe for you to do and leave the rest to the remediation crew.

Content by: SERVPRO Corporate

What To Do & What Not To Do After Flooding

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

A picture from a water remediation job we were called out to after a summer storm.

Heavy thunderstorms are known to cause flooding both inside and outside of the house. Here are a few tips of what to do if your house has flooded during this storm season.



What To Do After Flooding

  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Turn on the air conditioning for maximum drying during the summer months.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place and remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Gather loose items from the floor.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum to remove the water.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet and avoid being in rooms where the ceilings are sagging.
  • Do not use the your television or other household appliances.

Content by: SERVPRO Corporate

Picture By: SERVPRO of Upper Bucks

What To Do & What Not To Do After a Fire

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

After a fire coming back to the house or building were it happened can be a very emotional experience. Here are some tips of what to do and what not to do in in your house after a fire.

What To Do After a Fire:

  • Keep hands clean so as to not furth soil an upholstery, walls or woodwork.
  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas
  • If electricity is off, empty the freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change the HVAC filter.

What NOT To Do After a Fire:

  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your local SERVPRO.
  • Do not use canned or packaged foods or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures is the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Do not send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Content by: SERVPRO Corporate

Benefits to Having a Commercial Cleaning

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

3 Benefits of Professional Commercial Cleaning

While taking out the trash and vacuuming every once in a while is good practice, having a professional cleaning service come out can be very beneficial for a business. Here are 3 of the benefits to having a service come out and clean your business.

  1. Reduced Spread of Diseases

The cleaner the business, the decreased chance there is for the spread of disease and sickness between employees. This means that most people will have to take less sick days. If there is an illness that is spreading in the office, it will eventually affect the business as a whole. Having your business deep cleaned can help keep your employees healthier and happier.

  1. Increased Employee Productivity

Employees are generally happier when they work in a workplace that is clean, fresh and free of dust and dirt that has begun to accumulate. Many businesses strive for a healthy work environment but overlook the simple things such as providing clean air. A routine clean will help keep your employees productive and fresh.

  1. Creating a Positive, Professional Appearance

A work environment that is dirty and unkempt is not a professional one. If your business doesn’t look clean, pristine or fresh many customers will not want to come back in. Many customers want to be in an environment that they are comfortable in and one that is not clean will not make anyone feel welcome. In order to keep your environment welcoming to employees and customers a professional deep clean routinely will help.

If your business is in need of a professional clean give SERVPRO of Upper Bucks a call today at (215)-536-7989!

Content by: Danielle David, Marketing Manager

The SERVPRO Steps to Water Remedation

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

When you are faced with a water damage problem, whether it be from a broken water heater or from a heavy storm, it can be a pretty scary thing. Luckily at SERVPRO we have our own detailed way of handling these situations, from the moment you call to the time we leave the property.

Step 1: Emergency Contact:

When you call, our representative will guide you through several questions that will help the SERVPRO Franchise Professional respond to your water emergency more quickly and efficiently. This initial contact is an important part of a fast, effective restoration.

Step 2: Inspection and Water Damage Assessment:

They carefully inspect your property’s water damage, determining the type of water damage and the areas affected. This is a crucial step to creating an effective plan of action that will result in a successful restoration.

Step 3: Water Extraction/ Water Removal:

Typically, hundreds or thousands of gallons of water are removed using our powerful pumps and vacuums during the water removal process. The SERVPRO Franchise Professionals start this process as soon as possible to minimize further damage and to help prevent mold growth.

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification:

After the bulk of the water has been removed, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals use specialized equipment to target the water that’s harder to access. They use less intrusive, scientific drying methods to draw the remaining water and moisture from your property with air movers and dehumidifiers.

Step 5: Cleaning and Sanitizing:

Water damage also affects your belongings, like furniture, clothing, and personal items. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can clean restorable items using a number of specialized cleaning techniques. They also sanitize with antimicrobial treatments and remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 6: Restoration:

The last step is restoring your home or business back to its pre-water damage condition. The restoration step can be relatively minor, such as replacing a few drywall panels, or could include major reconstruction, such as rebuilding entire rooms of a home or business.

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The C's of Water Damage

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Many people see water in their home and immediately think the worst of the situation when in fact there are several components that go into assessing the level of damage the water has caused.

Classes of Water Damage

  • Class 1: This is the least level of damage as it only involves a section of a room that has only absorbed little moisture.
  • Class 2: This level involves water damage to an entire room and has absorbed in to the walls and carpet.
  • Class 3: The damage has now absorbed up in to most of the walls and may have come in through the ceiling. This is the worst level of damage.
  • Class 4: The water damage in class 4 requires special drying methods as it involves hardwood floors, concrete and stone materials.

Categories of Water Damage

  • Category 1: The source of this water is clean and coming from a clean water source such as a toilet tank or a broken pipe. This category can become a category 2 or 3 if it is left sitting too long
  • Category 2: This category includes water containing detergents or “grey water”. The water usually comes from washing machines or dishwashers. Water containing urine from an overflowing toilet can also be included in this category.
  • Category 3: The water in category 3 is completely unsanitary water coming from sewage, river floodings and even standing water that started to grow bacteria. This water is dangerous and can cause illness and even death if not handled properly.

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SERVPRO Commercial Cleaning Services

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

When most people hear “SERVPRO” they think of water and fire restoration but we actually provide many other services like commercial cleaning and duct cleaning!

While most offices do a pretty good job at keeping their office clean, the everyday wear and tear will gradually build up. When it gets too much for your regular janitor to handle, call in SERVPRO! We do a fantastic job at removing odors, deep cleaning of carpets, flooring and much more. Every member of our crew is trained specifically to be able to handle a commercial cleaning job of any size.

Our cleaning services include:

  • Air ducts and HVAC - Drapes and Blinds
  • Biohazard Cleanup - Odor Removal
  • Carpet and Upholstery -Sewage
  • Ceilings, Floors, and Walls - Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Vandalism

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Mold Mitigation Services

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Our franchise has been very busy the past few months with mold mitigation jobs. Buildings that suffer from excess moisture can be potential breeding grounds for mold to grow. If your building has experienced problems with ongoing moisture due to long-standing leaks, roof damage, water intrusion, or from poor humidity control, be sure to be alert to the following factors:

  • Strong musty odors may be a sign that mold is present
  • Excessive humidity in the building or outside
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might indicate previous mold growth
  • Any visible mold

Mold removal and remediation can help fix these situations if mold was found in the building. Our crew will arrive on site ready to identify any visible signs of mold. Following the industry standards  for mold remediation, they will work to remove visible mold and reduce the potential for future mold growth.

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Best Ways to Remove Shower Mold

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

While mold growth in your shower or on your shower curtain doesn’t necessarily require a mold remediation crew it can be a hassle to remove. If you let it go on for too long without handling it though, it may require more extensive work by professionals. Mold growth in your shower is something homeowners can’t always avoid so it is best to know a few tricks to ensure a speedy removal.

One of the oldest tricks in the book is to spray the tile or grout where the mold is growing and scrub it with a toothbrush. While time consuming, this often gets the job done. If you are concerned about causing damage to the grout from continual scrubbing then try soaking cotton coils in bleach and press them in to the grout or tile. Let the coils soak overnight, remove and then rinse the area.

If you are not comfortable with using bleach, then try vinegar! Spray it on the grout and tiles, let it sit for a few hours and then scrub with a brush. Both methods have proven to be effective ways of keeping mold from growing in your shower for months.

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The Leading 5 Causes of Commercial Water Damage

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage affecting a business causes a lot more problems than just the physical damage. People will lose days, maybe even weeks of work depending on how big the problem is. Through research collected over the past years, the top 5 causes of commercial water damage were determined in order to help businesses try to prevent it from happening in their own building.

  • Appliance and Equipment

Appliances such as air conditioning units, heaters, or anything utilizes tubes, pipes, and filters that water runs through, are at risk of leaking. If your business uses water then there will be some risks for leaks. The best thing to do to keep these pieces of equipment from leaking is simply to perform routine maintenance on them and always be checking for leaks. Anything that seems to be a concern, such as rust, cracks, bulges or moisture, should be taken care of immediately.

  • Roofing

Roofs are known to leak, so they should be checked regularly. You want to make sure that the roof is draining all the water efficiently. Over time, if not a roof is not maintained, leaks and cracks are very likely to happen through wear and tear. To avoid water damage due to your roof just be sure to be checking it a few times a year.

  • Pipes and Drains

Plumbing is the most obvious possible source of water damage as it is very susceptible to clogs, blockages and damage. As with the appliances you should be checking regularly for any signs of potential damage to the system before the water has a chance to leak, such as blue stains and moisture.

  • Sprinkler Systems

Always check your sprinkler systems for signs of rust and replace if necessary. Although these may be one of the last things on your mind, they can and will malfunction if they are not taken care of.

  • Mother Nature

While you can’t stop mother nature and all the weather she brings, you can regularly be checking your building to make sure everything is in tip top shape to avoid more damage when she strikes. Cleaning drains, gutters, having flood insurance are all good preventative measure to have in place.

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Precautions to Fight Against Mold

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water and Mold

While seeing standing water on the floor is the most tell tale sign that there could be mold growing in your house, there are many less obvious signs that one may overlook, such as:

  • An unexpected increase in your monthly water bill
  • Corrosion on the plumbing fittings and valves
  • Warped or damaged flooring and panels in under the sink cabinets
  • Stains on the ceilings, floors or walls
  • Peeling paint or wallpaper
  • Musty odor

If you discover mold in your house, deal with it as quickly as possible. Clean up the water, if any, and try to locate the source. If mold is not dealt with quickly it can lead to health problems in the future.

How to Prevent Mold

  • Plumbing: The water lines, shut off valves, and fittings for all appliances including toilets, sinks, dishwashers, washing machines and even ice makers should be inspected every 6- 12 months. Checking consistently for leaks and cracks in these appliances is also a beneficial practice to start as well.
  • Appliances: Your washing machine hoses should be replaced about every 5 years and the machines should be checked consistently to make sure it stays properly balanced. An unbalanced machine can cause the hose to pull away and leak. If possible, turn off the washing machine and dishwasher when you are not home, as this can also help prevent water from leaking unexpectedly.
  • Roof and Gutters:  Make sure to have your roof professionally inspected every three years to check for damage you may not be able to see from the ground, such as missing shingles. Gutters should be routinely cleaned and maintained so they do not overflow, creating a larger issue.
  • Exterior Walls and Foundation: Be sure to inspect the outside of your house and seal any visible gaps. Roots from nearby shrubs can also cause a problem if they are allowing water to enter through the foundation of the house.

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The Makeup of Smoke

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

There are several components that make up smoke. Learning about these components can lead to a better understanding of just how badly smoke damage can be after a fire. Each part contributes a part to the odor a fire leaves. Particles are the partially or completely burned substances that can penetrate fabrics and surfaces. These can be toxic at times. Vapors are a fog-like, misty droplets that can become dangerous if one inhales or absorbs them. The third component is toxic gases. Although these are odorless, carbon monoxide is the most common gas that will result from a fire and is dangerous. Phosgene gas results from household products like plastics, vinyls, and other chemicals are burned. Hydrogen cyanide is a product of the burning and combustion of insulation, clothing, carpet, synthetics and plastics. Due to the complex makeup of smoke and all the different ways it can be produced, it is hard to get the smoky odor out of many household items unless cleaned by a professional service.  

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Local McDonald's Destroyed in a Fire

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Photo by the Doylestown Fire Company

A local McDonald's was completely destroyed in an overnight fire early Friday, officials tell Patch.

According to Doylestown Fire Company spokesman Larry Browne, the building on N. Main Street is "a total loss." The interior collapsed, and there was heavy smoke and fire damage, Browne said.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by Fire Marshal Scott Fleischer and the Bucks County fire investigators, Browne said. 

The fire was first reported at 1:49 a.m., Browne said. It was placed under control just before 3 a.m. and crews were gone from the scene by 6 a.m. The fire caused N. Main Street to be closed for several hours. The road has since reopened.

One firefighter suffered a minor injury, Browne said. The firefighter has been treated and released.

A total of 6 different fire companies responded and were present at the scene.

SERVPRO of Germantown was called to the scene to help with the cleanup! 

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Hurricane Florence

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

Florence Response and Recovery

SERVPRO teams from across the Country are ready to help recovery efforts

Hurricane Florence to Cause Catastrophic Damage

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

2018 hurricane damage in billions of dollars.

Hurricane Florence is set to hit the Carolinas this week and was just downgraded to a category 2 hurricane. This downgrade doesn’t necessarily mean that the damage this storms sets to cause will not be catastrophic. The category of the storm only denotes the speed of the storms winds but not the storm surges. With this information it is hard to tell how much damage the storm will truly cause but is expected to be on par with the level of damage that last years historically destructive storms caused. Forecasters say that Hurricane Florence will cause its destruction with its high winds, coastal surge, followed by its inland surge. The hurricanes are causing more and more damage each time as more people are moving to the coast and investing in bigger, more expensive houses. Many of the houses will take a hit as it is expected to dump around 10 trillion gallons of rainfall in North Carolina alone. Make sure you and your house are prepared for any level of damage with this storm.

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Hurricane Florence To Test Emergency Preparedness

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricanes are among the toughest tests of the emergency preparedness of institutional and commercial facilities, and facility managers on the U.S. east coast are about to find out just how prepared their facilities are for a major hurricane.

More than 1.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate along the U.S. southeast coast as Hurricane Florence, the most powerful to menace the Carolinas in nearly three decades, barrels closer, according to Reuters.

Florence, a Category 4 storm packing winds of 130 miles per hour, was expected to make landfall most likely in southeastern North Carolina near the South Carolina border, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

In addition to flooding the coast with wind-driven storm surges of seawater as high as 12 feet, Florence could drop 20-30 inches of rain in places, posing the risk of deadly flooding miles inland, forecasters say. They warned the storm could linger for days after making landfall. Florence arrives as some facilities in the Southeast United States continue to recover from 2017 Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, which caused a tremendous amount of damage. Among those facilities damaged by the storms were 32 Georgia health centers, according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution. 

Those facilities will receive a federal grant of $9.6 million, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The award was part of $60 million given to health centers nationwide that are funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. The department says the money “will help ensure continued access to quality primary health care services at community health centers in Georgia affected by the hurricanes.”

HHS Secretary Alex Azar says the grants will help the centers recover and strengthen their readiness for next time.

This Quick Read was submitted by Ryan Berlin, managing editor of Facility Maintenance Decisions.

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Fall Storm Weather!

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Meteorological fall began this past weekend on September 1st! The meteorological seasons are defined by the annual temperature cycles in groups of three months at a time. Hurricanes, tornadoes and snow are just a few of the weather types that fall brings. Many people associate summer with hurricane season but hurricane season is actually only halfway over. The Atlantic hurricane season officially ends November 30th so hurricanes are still of concern. This storm season lasts in to the fall because the atmospheric conditions are typically more favorable for a larger area of the Atlantic Basin. Not only do we still have to take precautions for hurricanes in the fall but this is also the considered the second season for tornadoes. The low pressures that the U.S. experiences in the fall can help set up the perfect recipe for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.

Be sure to take the necessary precautions to prepare your home for potential damage caused by the changing fall weather!

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Preventing Mold in Schools

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Most schools are closed up during most of the summer, with no AC which is the perfect environment for mold to grow. The doors are locked, windows closed, and the rooms are shut, with no ventilation, it leaves the question of what to do to prevent mold when school is back in full swing. Mold thrives in an environment with moisture and can then lead to some serious health problems later on in the year if not taken care of. Here are some tips to help prevent mold growth so that everyone can enjoy the upcoming school year.

  • If wet cleaning has to be done, be sure to do so when it isn’t raining. Also open all the windows and do not close up until everything is dry.
  • If there are some concrete floors that are constantly wet, try to keep them as clean as possible. Mold grows in dirt and this can then cause a larger problem.
  • Mold can grow in as little as 48 hours so if there are spills or leaks try to identify them quickly and clean them up right away. You can use wet vacuums, heaters or fans unless the problem is too big, then professionals should be called.
  • Keep a close eye on closets that might be on outside walls as condensation can build up here more quickly. Try to keep them open as much as possible.
  • Avoid clutter especially with paper and boxes as if these get moist, mold can and will grow very quickly.

These are just a few of the things you can do to try to reduce the chance of mold growth in your classroom or school building. It is always a good idea to have a baseline measurement of temperature and dew point to compare to in extreme humidity situations. Keeping your space clean and consistently clean is the most important step to take to prevent mold from growing in order to have a successful school year!

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The Different Types of Moisture Meters

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

This is an example of a penetrating moisture meter.

Many times when a customer experiences water damage it can be hard to tell how bad the damage is just by looking around at the property. There can be underlying damage that is not visible to the eyes and this is where moisture meters come in to play. A restoration moisture meter or sensor measures the amount of moisture in an environment and in certain materials. Drywall, flooring and other structural components can be measured to assess the damage they may have incurred as well. These meters are very useful to put a number on the level of damage a property may have incurred.

There are a few different types of meters that all have a different pros and cons. Some jobs will only require the use of one but others will require more.

  • Non-Penetrating Meters: These are one of the easiest meters to use and are a popular choice because they pose no risk of causing any damage to the flooring or structure. These have two flat sensors usually located at the bottom of the device and compare the amount of moisture located between them. They are best for quickly comparing levels between affected and unaffected areas.
  • Penetrating Meters: These meters have a series of prongs that will penetrate the surface of a structure to take the moisture reading. These readings are much more accurate and are great for finding any trapped moisture on a site.
  • Hydrosensors: These meters are a type of penetrating meters that are great for seeing how far moisture has traveled from the surface of the structure. These work best for carpet or carpet padding but do not work with drywall.
  • Thermo-Hygrometers: Thermo-hygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity, which both will affect how drying equipment will function. These essentially test whether or not an environment can be efficiently dried with the tools that are at the teams disposal. The measurements these put out are helpful in determining if your dehumidifier is working properly.

These tools are very essential in water damage restoration projects as they give you a good understanding of how big or small the job will be. Also it gives you readings to bring back to the customer and discuss the work that will need to be done in more detail.

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Stop, Drop, Roll and Extinguish: The A,B,C ‘s of Fire Extinguishers

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire extinguishers are a common site in most houses across the United States as many states have implemented laws requiring each household to have one. What most people don’t know is that there are actually four different classes of fire extinguishers which work to put out different types of fires. It is important to be informed of these different classes in order to purchase the best extinguisher for your own house or apartment.

The classes of extinguishers are labeled as Class A, B, C, and D - each best for putting out a different type of fire.

  • Class A extinguishers: best at putting out fires in ordinary combustible materials, such as wood and paper
  • Class B extinguishers: best for use on flammable liquids such as gasoline, oil and grease
  • Class C extinguishers: best for use only on electrically energized fires
  • Class D extinguishers: best for use on flammable metals

Although there are four different classes, most fire extinguishers are sold as a combination of the classes to cover a broader range of fires. Some will be sold as A-B, or even A-B-C. Next time you are at the store shopping for you new extinguisher make sure you keep this information in mind to help you prepare best for any type of fire you may be faced with.

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Common Fire Safety Tips

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Kitchen:

  • Never leave your stove unattended while on. Be sure to pay attention even more closely when frying food.
  • Keep your kitchen clean! This seems like an obvious tip but sometimes life gets to us and we let things get away from us. Make sure you are keeping your kitchen clutter free and keep flammable items away from the stove.
  • Wear tight clothing to limit the possibility of a sleeve hanging over the lit stovetop.
  • Install a smoke detector in your kitchen and make sure it always is working properly.

Laundry Room:

  • The proper dryer duct should vent directly outdoors. If it is not it can lead to the discharge of combustible gasses from the machine.
  • Buy a hard metal duct with as few bends as possible and avoid plastic ones. These are more easily melted and ignited.
  • Always clean your ducts out of lint. Clean your lint trap after every dryer use as well. This is help reduce the chance of a dryer fire and help contain it if one does break out.

By Hearth and Candlelight

  • Never leave a fire unattended. This seems like common sense but time can get away from you at home.
  • Use a screen in front of your hearth. Be sure to buy one that covers the whole opening. This can prevent logs from rolling out and is an extra added safety precaution.
  • Perform regular inspections on both your chimney and woodstoves. These items should be cleaned and checked for any damage to ensure they function as safely as possible.

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Flash Floods!

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

We all get those “Flash Flood Warnings” on our phones during a heavy rain storm and most people don’t think much of it. Flash floods are actually very dangerous and can cause some serious damage. A flash flood is defined as a flood that develops in less then 6 hours. These floods can occur anywhere but are more prone to occur in areas that deal with poor drainage systems. Heavy rain in the main culprit for starting a flash flood but ice james, dam failures and large amounts of snow melting can also cause one. Areas that are densely populated are actually most at risk for flash flooding as there is a lot of paved roads and less area for water to be absorbed. If you find yourself in an area where a flash flood is occurring or may occur try to get to higher ground and no matter how low the water looks, do not attempt to cross it. The scariest part of a flash flood is how fast the water can rise. If you do receive a flash flood warning this doesn't always mean there is one occurring at the time but there may be one that could occur.

If you find your house has been affected by water damage due to a flash flood or a heavy storm give SERVPRO of Germantown a call at (215)- 848-8875 today!

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Benefits of Commercial Cleaning!

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Every business should be taking measures to keep their building clean even if they do not employ a professional cleaning service. It can become hard to keep track of exactly what you should be cleaning regularly. Here is a checklist to make it a little easier to insure your workplace stays neat and tidy.

  • Monthly Cleaning List:
    • Dust all surfaces in the office
    • Clean the fabric chairs
    • Vacuum all fabric chairs, vents
    • Deep clean all surface areas
  • Weekly Cleaning Lists
    • Sponge all glass windows, both on the outside and inside
    • Clean the refrigerator
    • Disinfect all trash bins
    • Buff and polish all hardwood surfaces, including conference tables, floors, etc.
  • Daily Cleaning Lists
    • Empty waste bins and add nes liners
    • Vacuum daily debris from all floors
    • Clean painted surfaces as well
    • Wipe baseboards, light switches and door handles
    • Clean all reflective surfaces, mirrors and brass
    • Put some room freshener down after cleaning

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Know Your Flood Zones!

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

One of the most important things to be aware of when buying a home is the flood zone that it is located in. Being aware of what zone you are located in is the first step in preparing your house for any potential flood damage. The zone will tell you how likely you are to suffer from a flood in your area and the level that your house was built to withstand. Flood maps and the flood history of your region can be found online by simply plugging in your zip code. The different zones you will need to be aware of are:

  • Blue Zones: Blue zones have a 1% chance annually of flooding. These have been determined to have significant flooding at least once every 100 years. A 1% chance may not seem too significant but it is actually considered to be a high risk area and if you are living in a blue zone you should take the proper steps to prepare your home.
  • Orange Zones: These zones have a 0.2% chance annually of flooding.  These are said to face significant flooding once every 500 years. The insurance rates for homes in orange areas are likely to be lower as the risk of damage is not as great. The biggest things to watch out for in your home in this zone is leaks and excessive surface runoff.
  • Yellow Zones: Yellow zones are areas that the flood risk has not been determined. If you are thinking of buying a home in a yellow zone be sure to research the areas flood history in order to gain some information before buying.
  • Blue with Red Stripes: These areas are deemed regulatory floodways. These often are rivers and the surrounding floodplain. The floodplains are normally kept clear in order to be able to withstand potential flooding. There are some circumstances in which there are houses located in or very close to a floodplain. These homes need to take extra precautions for potential flooding.

Understanding what zone your current or future home is located in is a key part in being able to best prepare your house in the event of a flood.  

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SERVPRO - Building Emergency Services

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Need Emergency Service?
Call Now 215-848-8875

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)

City of Philadelphia

SERVPRO of Germantown is proud to be a part of this great section of our great City of Philadelphia.   
Information from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germantown,_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. 

Boundaries

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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.

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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

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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]

Education

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]

Transportation

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)

Bassetts Ice Cream Since 1861

A great history lesson on Bassetts Ice Cream

Found at: www.bassettsicecream.com

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
1861-1906 
Lewis Lafayette
1906-1917 
Louise Austin
1917-1925 
Lewis Lafayette, Jr.
1925-1976 
Ann Bassett
1976-1989 
Michael Strange
1989-Present

SERVPRO supports PFESI and First Responders

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Announcement made by PFESI

www.pfesi.org

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.

https://www.SERVPRO.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration

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)

The Bourse picture provided by www.panoramic.com

A recent article shared by www.visitphilly.com

This site provides consistent information about our great City of Philadelphia.

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 BOURSE FAST FACTS

  • 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)

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!

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)

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!

You Clean What?

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

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

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

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

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

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

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

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:

  1. Plan and practice your emergency escape route
  2. Locate all known and potential exits from your home
  3. Purchase a home fire extinguisher and store it in a safe, easy-to-locate place
  4. Install and properly maintain a smoke detector
  5. 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

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

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

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

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!

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

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.

Tips:

  • 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!

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

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?

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

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.

The process:

    1. Mold Containment-the affected area is sealed shut as to not release spores
    1. Air Filtration-cleaning the air of spores
    1. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials-some materials must be thrown away
    1. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
    1. 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

9/27/2016 (Permalink)

The result of a puff back!

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;

  1. Ensuring your oil-heating system is free of dust and debris
  2. Inspect and provide service to your heating system before you need to use it
  3. 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!”

Falling for Winter: Preparing Your Home

9/27/2016 (Permalink)

Winter Weather Damage

Falling for Winter: Preparing Your Home

With the cold-weather months approaching, there are some things you can do to protect your home from the threat of winter-related damage.

Living in a climate that progresses through all four seasons puts your home at risk for seasonal damages that may be prevented with proper preparation.

Below is a list of things you can do to help get your home ready to survive the enduring winter weather;

  1. During the cold winter months, homeowners fret the dreaded heating bill and pile on layers of warm clothes before even thinking about adjusting their thermostat. An easier way? Seal all doors, windows and openings to the home. Weather stripping is a relatively simple technique to use around door and window frames to prevent any drafts from coming in and keep the heat from going out. In addition, if you have any gaps on the exterior of your home, be sure to fix those with some caulk, another relatively simple and inexpensive method to reduce that heating bill.
  2. During the lovely Fall season, be sure to inspect the exterior of your home for any potential problem areas. For example, examine your roof for any missing or damaged shingles or check your windows for cracks and gaps.
  3. Clean your gutters! During the Fall, the multi-colored leaves make a habit of landing in your gutters causing your gutters to lose their efficient draining abilities. There are generally no visible signs of standing water in your gutter until it is too late, so be proactive and get them cleaned ahead of time!
  4. Before the frigid air makes a semi-permanent residence, have your heating system checked by a professional. Whether it is central or furnace heat, a system that is running well is almost always more efficient and will save you time and money in the end!

Now is the time to start protecting your home and embracing for the winter months. If you need help, give us a call today! Our friendly office staff will be able to set you up with an appointment for our free Emergency Ready Profile.

National Night Out Kicks Off Fire Department Carnival

8/3/2016 (Permalink)

National Night Out 2016

On the first Tuesday of every August, communities nationwide host block parties, carnivals and meet & greets alongside their local law enforcement.

Police officers from various local departments have the opportunity to promote healthy relationships with members of their communities as well as crime prevention and safety awareness.

This year, SERVPRO of Germantown joined in the fun by attending the main block party and carnival held at a community park. We showed our support for our officers by hosting a family-friendly craft, providing a safety flash-light give-a-way in addition to information on Emergency Readiness Plans and biohazard clean-up.

Here at SERVPRO of Germantown, we strongly value our first responders and strive to support them and our community in various ways such as: participation in community events, water bottle donations and volunteerism.

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