Did you know that in most states all that a Trauma/Crime Scene business needs to complete a biohazard cleaning is a business license and general liability insurance?
In 2020 Georgia became the first state to require the company to be registered with the Secretary of State and the employees to be background checked and fingerprinted before the company can perform Trauma Scene Cleaning Services. Georgia expected more states to follow their lead in adopting this bill however with Covid and other changes in the past 2 years this hasn’t been followed up by any other states.
These Trauma Cleaning Businesses are required to follow government regulations regarding Trainings including OSHA, Respiratory Equipment and PPE Training, Universal Precaution Procedures and more. However, the company only needs to be aware of and follow the practices in these trainings. They do not need their employees to be certified in any of them. This lack of regulation is noted throughout the US. However, Georgia chose to create this law after so many complaints bringing attention to businesses that were “revictimizing families.” There were so many instances occurring that included stealing, being disrespectful, overcharging and not fully cleaning and sanitizing the scene.
These families are already going through something that requires the utmost sensitivity and companies are able to come in and deceive them about the services being performed. This information is pretty overwhelming to learn when you are going through an unimaginable situation and not wanting to even think about the cleaning and sanitation of the area when there are so many other arrangements to be made.
SERVPRO Team McCabe prides itself as an industry leader in Crime Scene Cleaning, requiring documented training for our Crew Chiefs as well as the opportunity for training for each Production Tech. At SERVPRO Team McCabe we took the opportunity to push IICRC Training while business slowed due to Covid19 Shutdowns. We have multiple Crew Chiefs and Production Techs IICRC Certified in Trauma and Crime Scene Cleaning along with the many other certifications offered by the IICRC. This allows us the knowledge and experience to perform Crime Scene Cleaning to industry standards while conducting business in a respectful manner.
We at SERVPRO Team McCabe understand the weight of the situation associated with the Trauma Scene. We understand the stress of finding a trusted professional to restore your home. We are here to help in any situation.
To find out more information on the Georgia Law Click Here
SERVPRO Team McCabe is Proud to offer our Esporta Services for many types of content restoration!
Not many restoration companies have an Esporta but for us it is something we use every day.
The Esporta is essentially a washing machine but it does so much more. It is able to clean content from just about any type of job we do. Items with Mold, Soot, Sewage, Blood or other Biohazards, or items that have come into contact with any type of disease can be cleaned in the Esporta with just one wash and dry.
The Esporta works different than a regular washing machine by pushing the water through the material with Hydraulic Pressure, ensuring that the item is truly clean. All cleaning products used with the Esporta are directly from the Esporta brand, and as an added benefit all of their detergents are organic and chemical free. We can also add in color brighteners, and deodorizers depending on the content.
One final piece of information about this awesome machine is that it doesn't just wash clothing. We are able to safely clean many other items in the Esporta including stuffed animals, pillows, sporting equipment, hats, and shoes. One of our favorite services that we offer is cleaning our local fire departments uniforms. Cleaning them with the Esporta offers a level of sanitizing that a washing machine just cannot attain.
The Esporta is an important asset to our team that each member of our contents team is trained on beginning day one.
We are proud to be one of the few restoration companies in our area to offer these services.
SERVPRO Team McCabe is here to help in Upper Bucks, Pennypack/Bustleton, Germantown, and now NW Hunterdon County, New Jersey!
SERPVRO® of Upper Bucks is excited to announce our expansion into New Jersey. We are proud to be serving the Philadelphia area, it’s suburbs, and now the Northwest Hunterdon County area of New Jersey including Alexandria Township, Bethlehem Township, Bloomsbury Borough, Holland Township, Milford Borough, and Union Township. Our NEW franchise name is now SERPVRO® of Upper Bucks, NW Hunterdon County. Team McCabe now had 3 franchises branching from Pennsylvania to New Jersey including SERPVRO® of Germantown; SERPVRO® of Pennypack/Bustleton; and SERPVRO® of Upper Bucks, NW Hunterdon County. As we expand through the Northeast we are staying true to our fundamentals of being SERPVRO® Disaster Recovery Team - Team McCabe, a leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration, provider of the Gold Star Emergency Ready Program, and a supporter of our first responders and local communities with our Fire & Spice Fundraising and Catering.
SERVPRO® Team McCabe understands how stressful these types of situations can be and we want to help you prepare to be ready for anything.
SERVPRO® offers an Emergency Ready Program (ERP) which was created to help businesses and communities be better prepared for disasters. In 2022, SERVPRO® Disaster Recovery Team - Team McCabe is proud to announce our Gold Star Emergency Ready Program which encompasses the ERP, Trainings and Certifications, and informative Safety Events.
The ERP is a free app available in your app store and our trained disaster preparedness representatives can create your personal profile for your business or community. An ERP includes photos and locations of your gas and water shut off valves, sprinkler systems, electricity and other utilities. It's also a convenient, digital platform to store your insurance information, emergency contacts and numbers plus blueprints, evacuation plans, emergency protocols, and any additional information that you would need in case of an emergency. All of your information would be in the palm of your hand, and can be shared with your employees and residents with a simple email log on. This way no matter who is home or on site at any hour, they will have all the information they need to effectively handle any disaster.
The Gold Star Emergency Ready Program is available too Businesses, Community Associations, Real Estate Agents, Landlords, Rental Facilities, Schools, Healthcare and other large facilities. Our Gold Star ERP Clients are given this same ERP Portfolio, but also include OSHA Trainings and Certifications; Red Cross for Adult, Pediatric and Infant certification; Situational Awareness; and Stop the Bleed. For community managers we also provide CAMICB Continuing Education Credits.
In addition to training and certifications, we will host informative and fun safety events for your residents or employees with safety demonstrations and disaster readiness information. These community events prepare your residents and employees for emergencies in a casual environment where we also provide catering with delicious Fire & Spice BBQ.
SERVPRO® Team McCabe understands how stressful these types of situations can be and we want to help you prepare to be ready for anything. Become a Gold Star ERP Client with SERVPRO® Disaster Recovery Team - TEAM McCabe today! Email Robyn@SERVPROupperbucks.com
Be sure to stay up to date with replacing your washing machine hoses. If there is a leak SERVPRO is here to help.
Millions of Americans depend on washing machines for quick, easy, and thorough cleaning, as opposed to some older methods that do not do nearly as good a job.
As a matter of fact, researchers estimate that the average family of four does about 8 to 10 loads of laundry every week! If you're wondering what the quick math correlates to over the course of the year it's over 500 loads of laundry!
With a demand like that, it is imperative that you take the necessary steps and precautions to make sure it runs properly and without error.
There is a lot of wear and tear that comes with this type of usage, so we wanted to run through some maintenance tips to make sure your machine remains in tip-top shape and in great working order.
- First and foremost, you are going to want to replace your washing machine lines at least every 3-5 years; each time the machine is turned on or off, the lines contract which could eventually lead to bursts.
- It is highly recommended that you switch from rubber hoses to stainless steel braided hoses.
- Before you replace these hoses, make sure your water is turned OFF!
- Finally, check your hoses for leaks at least once a year!
We hope you learned how to take better care of your washing machine, and remember: for all of your restoration needs, call SERVPRO!
Appliances should be checked regularly to avoid any hidden water damage. If any damage occurs call SERVPRO we are here to help.
Typically water damage in a home or other property are due to common things like floods or burst pipes however, there are other causes that can sometimes go unseen. The most common cause of hidden water damage is household appliances which can pose a threat to your home of business when left unattended
Refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, air conditioners, and hot water heaters are the biggest culprits that are typically to blame for costly water damage repairs.
Refrigerators and dishwashers can definitely cause damage in your kitchen and should be regularly pulled away from the wall to check your flooring for any leaking water. While pulled out you should also check the water lines and try to keep them from tangling which can increase your chances of an issue once the appliance is back in place. Dishwashers are sometimes not covered in your insurance policy so be sure to check up on your dishwasher regularly because it could be the source of a huge headache for you.
Washing Machines use a lot of water and are also used often so they can also be a common cause of water damage. Washing Machines need the same care as your other appliances so just be sure to pull them out regularly and check your floors and hoses for any water leakage. These hoses have a lifespan of about 5 years and should be replaced on a schedule to avoid any unnecessary damage.
Air conditioners do have implementations that remove moisture as the machine runs, but any issues with these designs could allow water damage to occur. Make sure to follow all of the company's guidelines and to check regularly for leaks.
Hot water heaters are something we sometimes forget about because they are often tucked away out of sight and they end up out of mind. They do have a life of about 8-12 years and are usually forgotten about until it’s time to get a new one or until the old one blows. Try to keep an eye on your hot water heater regularly checking on the external components, making sure the seals and pipes aren’t leaking anywhere. Because your hot water heater is typically hidden away it has the potential to cause a good amount of damage before being remediated especially if it’s in a place like a closet or basement where it can affect a lot of other content in your home or business.
Please be sure to follow these routine checks so there are no surprises in your home but if you need us we are here to help! For all of your water restoration needs, call SERVPRO!
There are three different types of thunderstorms; all of which can be identified with a humbly trained eye. Dennis Mersereau, from Mentalfloss.com, breaks down each of the types of thunderstorms.
First, there are single-cell storms, which pulses up, rains for half an hour, and dissipates. Although it may seem pretty straight forward, these storms can cause heavy winds from its downdrafts that can trigger more storms in a chain reaction.
The second type of storm, and the most common one that contains squall lines, are called multi-cell thunderstorms. These storms have the possibility of becoming dangerous due to their squall lines, which are a narrow band of high winds and storms associated with a cold front.
The third and final thunderstorm, called a supercell storm, has a rotating updraft. The twisting updraft helps these supercell storms survive for many hours and produce more severe weather, like: large hail, higher winds, and strong tornadoes.
One of the most simple ways to see if it is safe to go outside either before, during, or after a storm, is to just follow this rule: When thunder roars, go indoors!
While you should always exercise caution when attempting to be outside in a storm, it is highly suggested that you refrain from doing so until after it presides.
If you look outside and see that a storm is brewing, stay inside! Do not wait to go indoors until it rains because you could be asking for trouble — lightning may strike as far as 10 miles away from any potential rainfall.
You know could be in harm's way if you are outside and hear thunder. Naturally, it's not every day that you know of someone new who gets struck by lightning. But you should always take shelter in enclosed spaces to keep you safe from the elements.
While cars are considered safe, tractors, motorcycles, golf carts, and bicycles would typically not be considered shelter. Try and find a way to get indoors and stay there.
If you need storm cleanup restoration, give us a call!
SERVPRO is committed to a fast response for any size disaster.
We talk a lot about how SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster but, what exactly does that mean? Well when we get a call in for an emergency loss we work based off of a 148 Response. Within 1 hour of receiving notification we will have a call out to the customer to discuss the situation. Then within 4 hours of the initial call we will have at least a three man crew on site. There may be a need for extra Technicians depending on the severity and size of the loss. At times we will recall Techs from the field to come assist wherever necessary. This initial team includes a Crew Chief and at least two Techs who can begin to remedy the situation as soon as they arrive onsite. By 8 hours we will have provided a verbal briefing to the adjuster including all the information we have attained so far along with photo documentation. While all this is being done we are communicating with the customer every step of the way, we do our best to ease any concerns as we understand how stressful an emergency loss situation can be.
As a business owner, it is imperative that you treat your property with the respect and dignity you show your own home. Since you are not the only one that must work in the environment you must take into consideration every employee when you decide your maintenance schedule and what services you will provide or contract out.
As an example, you should make sure your gutters are cleaned regularly just as you do with your home. Even if you do not own the building you should make sure they are being regularly cleaned out to prevent damage to the property.
Debris, leaves, and other object can become lodged in the gutters, which may also lead to ice dams in the winter. This is definitely a concern as it can lead into other problems.
Call SERVPRO today for more tips on how to keep your commercial property clean!
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
SERVPRO is here to help with any event. We are proud to support our community in any way, including cooking and serving our Fire & Spice Catering.
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. We offer our Fire & Spice catering service for any event, including community events, local associations, and our local firehouse events. Our owners Mike and Sean barbecue and cook everything from scratch with recipes they have perfected over the years! Our Marketing and Office staff set up and serve the food. This type of sponsorship allows us to make deeper connections with the event hosts and attendees so they know that we are truly here for them in any situation. We love showing the community how involved we really are and how we genuinely enjoy being a part of our community.
SERVPRO is happy to offer our FREE ERP Service. Email us today if you'd like to schedule an ERP for your business.
Can we determine when disaster strikes?
Unfortunately, we can never really know when a disaster will strike. Anything could happen at any moment, so as a business, it is essential to prepare for an emergency.
Why should you prepare for an emergency?
There are a few reasons:
1.Safety! Being prepared means keeping everyone involved safe during an emergency.
To minimize damage done to the building. If you understand where the water shut off is for instance, then you can turn off the water during a pipe burst, therefore stopping the source.
Save money!! Less damage=less expensive.
SERVPRO® provides an Emergency Ready Profile to help you prepare for disaster.
This FREE Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) is designed to organize all of the critical information necessary during a disaster. For example, locations of shut offs for utilities and Emergency Contact information.
Oh, and it is FREE
If you are interested in learning more about this tool, please contact us at (215)-536-7989 or email marketingstaff@SERVPROupperbucks.com
SERVPRO is here to help after any disaster big or small. Puff back can damage your walls, carpets, and electronics. Let SERVPRO
Crank up the heat! The colder weather is upon us and your heaters are soon going to be roaring back to life. For many of us, our heating systems will turn on flawlessly and get to work toasting our freezing feet. But for many others, the consequences of having left your heater sit unattended and inactive throughout the warm-weather months; can leave you with a costly and time-consuming mess.
Puff Backs are a result of a misfiring in your furnace. This misfire causes an explosion of soot and debris that shoot back into your home leaving your walls, furnishings, carpets and many other household items coated in a difficult-to-remove film. The explosion of soot brings to the forefront an underlying, usually simple, problem with the mechanics of your furnace such as a valve or filter in need of replacement.
However, even though the mechanical fix may be relatively simple, you won’t realize just how many things can be affected in your home by a puff back until you have one happen. The soot somehow finds a way into the smallest nooks and spaces of your home leaving you with a very difficult mess to clean up.
The best thing for you to do in this situation is to call in the professionals. The soot and debris are not only hard to clean up but may be dangerous without the proper knowledge due to the chemicals released during the explosion.
SERVPRO has a very unique, hands-on approach to dealing with puff backs which we tailor to every incident. If a puff back occurs on a porous material/surface, for example, then we are able to perform a more abrasive wet-cleaning process. However, if the soot has landed on a non-porous material/surface, then our highly-trained techs will spend the time strenuously cleaning your walls and surfaces with a dry sponge ensuring that everything in your home returns to its pre-damage condition.
Some things you may be able to do to prevent a puff back include;
Ensuring your oil-heating system is free of dust and debris
Inspect and provide service to your heating system before you need to use it
If you hear strange noises or begin to see any soot residue around your furnace, call your heating company immediately
If you are unable to perform those steps or if you find yourself standing in an inch-deep pile of soot and debris, call SERVPRO today and we’ll send our crews out to make it, “Like it never even happened.”
Basement flooded? Call SERVPRO we are here to help.
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.
Dishwasher causing water damage in your kitchen? Call SERVPRO
When we get a call from people who have been unfortunately faced with dishwasher-related water damage, we are quick to get on site to assess the situation. Hopefully, the owner of the property, or someone present at the loss, called us as soon as they noticed the damage; it is imperative that you call us quickly to avoid any further issues.
When we get on site, we work rapidly to extract water and set up drying equipment. Our response is swift and efficient, and our skilled technicians ensure they try to keep any unnecessary damage from occurring in any other areas.
We are committed to providing the best service we can to each and every person who asks for our help.
If your property is ever damaged by a faulty dishwasher, or any type of water damage, give your local SERVPRO a call today!
SERVPRO is here to help with any snow storm damage but there are things you can do to minimize damage before the storms begin.
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;
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.
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.
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!
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 the coming winter storms damage your home give us a call at 215-536-7989.
SERVPRO is able to assist with any storm damage your home may sustain. Please stay safe and up to date with local storm warnings.
Did you know?
According to the Red Cross lightning strikes kill more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes?
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 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.
SERVPRO is here to help with any issues that may appear during a home inspection.
Home inspections are an important step to ensure the buyer knows what they're investing in long term and are often a requirement for obtaining a loan. Sellers are also made aware at this stage of what issues may hold up their sale, or affect their asking price. According to economists at the National Association of Realtors, About 1 in every 4 real estate transactions are delayed because of something that came up during the home inspection.
Even when homeowners complete routine maintenance and repairs, an official home inspection can turn up surprises.
SERVPRO is here to help with any large issues you may face during this process. If you had Puff Back that you didn’t want to get into cleaning up at the time that has worn away the walls and even your electronics we can clean and restore the home. Maybe the home inspector found mold that was growing in the basement from a flooding three years ago that you thought you had cleaned up enough to prevent any further damage. SERVPRO can come in and safely mitigate any mold found in the home.
SERVPRO also can provide small services to help your home get market ready such as Air Duct Cleaning, Covid-19 Cleaning, and even General Cleaning for drapes, carpets, floors, ceilings, and walls. Give us a call if you need any of these services to get your home ready to sell.
SERVPRO offers specialty cleaning like Biohazard and Crime Scene Clean Up.
You Clean What? 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.
SERVPRO is here ready and waiting when disaster strikes
Why should you choose SERVPRO?
Because we are Faster to any size disaster. This is because we have more than 1,900 locations nationwide serving 90% of all US zip codes within two hours.
We offer Residential and Commercial Restoration Services and because of our large nationwide reach SERVPRO is a leader in the restoration industry, and its professionals are faster to any size disaster. SERVPRO franchise professionals are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week and are ready to restore or clean your property.
SERVPRO is ready to respond to needs at your warehouse facility
Commercial Restoration Services
There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need.
The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified 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.
Getting Back to Business, Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned
Our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward to provide your employees and customers ongoing safety as you operate after the COVID-19 pandemic. As America’s #1 cleanup and restoration brand, we have developed a program that is grounded in our 3 C’s – Consult, Clean and Certify. Visit our Certified: SERVPRO Cleanedpage and let us show you how we can make your building safer and ready to get back to business.
The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.
With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include:
Since the year 1967, SERVPRO Industries, Inc., has been redefining the mitigation and restoration industries. In addition to training at the regional level, SERVPRO developed the National Training Center in 1992 to teach restoration and mitigation skills to Franchise Owners and insurance industry employees.
Employee Certification Training
The Employee Certification Training is a self paced program which is designed for the franchise employee. The certification is awarded after the successful completion of course materials as well as an examination. Newly implemented training consists of the HeroReady Training Program which separates training for Production Technicians and Crew Chiefs. SERVPRO allows for continuing education in the mitigation and restoration industry by continually reworking their training in order to benefit the technicians and the clients best.
The Employee Certification Training Modules include the following:
A 15 day in-house, hands-on training program at our corporate training facility. Designed primarily for new franchise owners but also a valuable course for franchise employees. The program covers all aspects of:
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
A web based program designed to be an ongoing self-paced training program. Video presentations and support materials are followed by a knowledge test at the end of each module.
Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.
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:
Fire-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by fire as they are prone to overheating upon startup. Another danger is that smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces. If the residues are not removed, corrosion causes electronic failure in the device. There are even different types of smoke residues that can cause different levels of damage. Because of this we urge you again, not to attempt to turn these electronics on or clean them at home. A SERVPRO Franchise will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:
The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.
When your valuable documents, including sentimental photographs, wills, passports, marriage certificates, and other types of identification, are damaged by water or fire, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-fire damage condition, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can save a great deal and help minimize any additional damage. We recognize that in some cases these documents can be difficult to replace or sometimes even irreplaceable, these are important to you which makes them important to us. Learn more about our document restoration services on our website.
Depending on the type of documents and the level of fire, smoke, or soot damage, they have five options for the restoration of documents:
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals specialize in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Their expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. They pretest your belongings to determine what items they can restore to pre-fire condition. They use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:
Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.
SERVPRO Technicians preparing items for a move out
If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out has several benefits, including:
A quicker remodeling process
Protecting items from potential damage
Protecting contents from further on-site damage
When restoration is completed, they will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.
SERVPRO is always ready to respond to an emergency at your Food Services Facility
Time and Safety Are Our Top Priorities When Cleaning and Restoring Restaurant, Kitchen and Food Service Facilities
Time is of the essence when disaster strikes your restaurant or manufacturing facility, but so is safety. Our professionals have been trained to be mindful of regulations and potential hazards while maintaining efficiency as they restore your business. You can trust Team SERVPRO to be mindful of your time and budget, as well as the safety of you and your patrons.
Types of Facilities:
Food Manufacturing Facilities
Food Distribution Centers
Fast Food Restaurants
Senior Living Facility Kitchens
Our professionals are available 24-7/365 to help remediate any damage, regardless of the cause, scale of the loss, or the size of your facility.
SERVPRO attends Southeastern PA Police Chiefs Association Golf Outing
SERVPRO sponsors the Police Chiefs Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania 64th Golf Outing
On Monday, October 18th, 2021 SERVPRO of Upper Bucks joined the Police Chiefs Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania for a Golf Outing.
Active and retired Chiefs, Officers, friends and sponsors gathered to raise money for Southeastern Chiefs, an organization that funds additional training opportunities for officers in Southeastern PA. This mission brings those with important experience and professional insight to share right to our officers to help them better serve and protect our communities!
SERVPRO was set up on hole 10 at the Northampton Valley Country Club. It was a perfect location for the men and women in the association to stop and grab some snacks and water and enter for a chance to win a Dalmore single malt scotch.
SERVPRO of Upper Bucks is proud to support our first responders and we enjoy any opportunity we have to meet and get to know the men and women behind the uniform.
SERVPRO Upper Bucks attends Sportsman Bingo for Ottsville and Riegelsville Consolidation
SERVPRO of Upper Bucks was able to coordinate the catering for the newly merged Riegelsville and Ottsville firehouses during their Sportsman's Bingo.
On Sunday October 17th, 2021 SERVPRO of Upper Bucks spent our day cooking and serving the Sportsman Bingo to benefit the Ottsville and Riegelsville Fire Company Consolidation. The companies announced the merger in February of 2021 due to a growth in call volume and community growth houses 49 and 42 voted to consolidate. Keeping both firehouses and all equipment operational, they are now able to respond to each other's fire calls and have more volunteers available than they would as separate houses.
Working closely with Ottsville Fire Chief William Schick, Riegelsville Fire Chief Todd Myers, and Riegelsville Auxiliary President LeeAnn Hissim; SERVPRO of Upper Bucks was able to coordinate catering the 200+ attendee event as well as donate additional proceeds to the firehouses.
For more information on the Ottsville Riegelsville consolidation please read this article from the Bucks County Herald
When disaster strikes at a hospitality facility, the help of a specialized team is critical in assuring that normal operations resume as quickly and safely as possible. Whether the cause is a coat hanger on a sprinkler head, a fire, a traumatic event, or a natural disaster, our team will coordinate with your management and maintenance staff to prioritize spaces, isolate the damage, and restore the area to your complete satisfaction, while minimizing the inconvenience to you and your guests.
Types of Facilities:
Our professionals are available 24-7/365 to help remediate any damage, regardless of the cause, scale of the loss, or the size of your facility.
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
A commitment to clean is a commitment to confidence.
From elementary schools to college campuses, clean and secure facilities are essential to education. And while the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape of learning, SERVPRO® is here to help ensure a safe and comfortable environment for your students, faculty and staff.
With more than 50 years of experience in emergency and proactive cleanup and restoration, SERVPRO is in your community to help schools thrive in times of challenge. Through Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, we’re bringing a specialized viral pathogen-cleaning program to schools across the country. Going beyond standard janitorial practices, Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is expert deep cleaning backed by our industry-leading training program and follows all CDC and local guidelines, including the use of EPA-approved hospital-grade disinfectants.
If you encounter a positive case, call the experts you can trust to help you reset and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Get Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned and make the commitment to a higher standard of clean.
SERVPRO is always ready to assist with services needed at your Healthcare Facility
Our Professionals Are Trained to Adhere to the Highest Sanitation Standards
Disasters at healthcare facilities are complex and often require special training to handle regulated medical waste and comply with HIPPA regulations. Whether we’re dealing with a small medical office or a large hospital campus, SERVPRO professionals work quickly and efficiently to assess your needs, coordinate with environmental and infection control teams, and ensure that all health certifications are obtained prior to completing the job. We have the experience and expertise to manage your cleanup needs so that you are free to focus on your number one priority: your patients
Types of Facilities:
Assisted Living Centers
Outpatient Surgical Centers
Electronics and Machine Restoration
Senior Living Facilities
Medical Office Buildings
Our professionals are available 24-7/365 to help remediate any damage, regardless of the cause, scale of the loss, or the size of your facility.
As a leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals offer your insurance company an array of competitive advantages. Our goal is to restore both your customer’s property and their peace of mind through timely mitigation and adherence to IICRC standards. The result? Lower claims costs and satisfied customers – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO franchise professionals respond immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. They closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.
Fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, 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.
SERVPRO started back in 1967, when Ted and Doris Isaacson founded the company after starting a painting business. Now, in almost 2020, more than 1,700 SERVPRO franchises exist nationwide. With that type of growth, SERVPRO has proved to be an outstanding company that is here to stay!
All of our technicians are trained and specialists in the work that they do.
We work with your insurance company to make sure you are covered for the work that we complete. If your insurance company does not cover a service we recommend, we will let you know the price before the work is done!
We work quickly to ensure that your home is back to preloss conditions as fast as we can!
Give us a call for all of your restoration and remediation needs!
One of our trailers ready to help this high rise building.
Commercial Services - Property Management
Here at SERVPRO, we're here for both residential & commercial buildings.
Commercial buildings include, but are not limited to: healthcare, education facilities, & retail.
One particular kind of commercial property will be the subject of my post today. Take a guess. It's in the title :)
You got it: PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
According to the Cambridge Dictionary, Property management is defined as: the management of land and buildings as a business, including keeping buildings in good condition and renting property.
Disaster can strike at any moment, and anywhere. A good chunk of facilities impacted involve property management. A good example of this would be a property manager of an apartment complex. They are in charge of the building, so they unfortunately have to deal with a lot of emergencies such as water or fire damage.
What kinds of facilities do property managers manage? There are several kinds! Here's a couple examples:
1. Multi-level commercial buildings
2. Multi tenant facilities
3. Small Office BUildings
4. Apartment Complexes
We work really hard at these type of facilities to make sure there's as little interruptions to tenants as possible. For example, we had an incident where there was water damage in a multi tenant office building. I mean, there were several kinds of offices in this building. Our team came in and got the job done without interfering with the other tenants. We make sure we take care of your facility with care, but also with professionalism and quality work as soon as possible.
We can do work ranging from odor removal all the way to total project management. We can do that and more! We are available 24/7, so if a water damage occurs at 2:00AM in a tenant office, give us a call!
Here at SERVPRO of Upper Bucks, we are ready to help in any sized disaster at any time! We work with property managers and be sure that they are 100% satisfied with the work put in. Our professionalism and fast-paced work helps minimize interruption for property managers during this stressful time.
Have any questions or need anything? Give us a call at 215-848-8875
Exposed plumbing, during unusual cold fronts, could really suffer and cause unwanted damages to your home or business.
Here, in Eastern Pennsylvania, we definitely see all kinds of weather. But one thing that usually remains constant is that our winters are typically pretty cold; we deal with cold waves often, and a variety of other circumstances.
The issue with outdoor plumbing during these times is that they are going to be more likely to have pipes break due to the inclement weather. They are not only more susceptible, but they could cause some serious damage if left untreated for long periods of time.
If it ever gets to the point where the damages are extreme, you are going to need SERVPRO to come in and evaluate the best course of action. We guarantee that we will have your best interests in mind and will do whatever we can to make sure your disaster look "Like it never even happened."
Do you need someone to protect your business and clients when restoring your property? SERVPRO has got you covered!
We service a ton of different facilities, such as: multi-level commercial buildings, multi-tenant facilities, small office buildings, shopping malls, apartment complexes, hotels, industrial facilities, and more!
Our experience has no limits — check out everything we specialize in: 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, post-construction cleanup, and much more!
What’s even better? Our professionals are available to touch base on your property 24/7, every day of every year! We strive to help remediate any damage, regardless of the cause, scale, or size of your facility or property!
Why choose us? 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 disruptions and restore your facility to preloss conditions as soon as possible.
We tackle restoration jobs that vary in so many ways: water and fire restoration, mold remediation, board-ups, and many other facets that help limit further damage to your property, but also to get your life back to normalcy as quickly as possible!
During these uncertain times, we are still tackling jobs and doing what we need to do to keep our customers and our neighborhoods safe! We are dedicated to providing the best service possible, whether we are affected by this pandemic or not!
If you are ever in need of a restoration job or bioremediation, you do not have to look any further other than your SERVPRO professionals! We take great pride in doing our duty and bringing a sense of urgency to each job!
Flash floods are extremely dangerous and can cause serious harm!
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 than 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!
SERVPRO of Germantown is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today - (215) 848-8875
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Germantown has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
Your name and contact information
Your insurance information (if applicable)
The street address of the water-damaged home or business
When did the flooding or water damage occur?
What caused the water damage (if known)?
Is there electricity available (on-site)?
About SERVPRO of Germantown
SERVPRO of Germantown specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.