Recent General Posts
The Science Behind Winter Flooding
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!
Future Social Media Giveaways
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.
Are You Prepared?
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.
What's your New Year's Resolution?
Have a few ideas? Make a list of what you want to accomplish! It always helps writing things down
It's nearing the end of January. Everyone has kicked in their New Year's Resolution habits, which is awesome! How do we stick to it though? What's you resolution? Is it to lose weight? Eat more vegetables? Drink less? Write more?
I'll tell you mine! I want to be more involved with reading. I am currently reading the book, "IT" by Stephen King. First things first, that book is HUGE. I'm not kidding, it's easily over 1,000 pages long. After I saw the movie, I knew I had to read the book! OK, I didn't see the old movie, but I saw the new one. Either way, I started the book months ago. Still. Not. Done. It is a long book, and it's taking some time! My goal this year to dedicate time every day to just sit down and read. Whether it's a thrilling fiction such as "IT" or a book that could help me in business and in the professional world.
SO, what's your resolution? How will you stick with it? You know how long it takes?
ONLY 21 DAYS
Now, I'm not a scientist, but 21 days doesn't seem too difficult. You can do that! Take only 21 days to stick to your new diet or good habit. That's what i'm doing!
Is your new habit being more organized? Then take 21 days to keep your room clean and organized! After that, it'll be smooth sailing to keep that room clean. Or not, because you simply thrive in chaos :)
What if you want to cook more this year? Instead of ordering out every night you want to cook that delicious chicken in the oven! Be careful though...pay attention to it, because if you don't, it may catch fire...so be safe with your resolutions please!
I'll stick to my resolution if everyone does! Let's make 2018 our year!!!
If you make a mess sticking to your resolution, don't give up! Just call the experts at SERVPRO of Germantown to clean it up. We are in this with you, and trying to stick to our resolutions too!
You know how to reach us, at (215)-536-7989.
"Like it never even happened."
Burr, it's Cold Outside! & so are the Pipes!
The weather outside is definitely frightful this winter! Not only do we feel like our fingers & toes are frozen, but our pipes are frozen! Winter time is not a fun time for our pipes; the cold temperatures cause the pipes to freeze and then from there, they can break. This is where serious water damage can occur.
According to the American Red Cross, pipes that freeze most frequently are:
- Pipes that are exposed to severe cold (ex. Water sprinkler line, outdoor hoses bibs, etc.)
- Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas (ex. Basements, garages, etc.)
- Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little insulation
There are ways to prevent freezing pipes from happening. You absolutely turn the heat up, but your bill will go up too. Here are ways to prevent freezing pipes according to the American Red Cross:
- Be sure to completely drain water from the swimming pool/sprinkler lines
- Open cabinets to let warm air in near plumbing
- Let water drip from faucets during extreme cold weather conditions
- Keep the heat temperature on the property at the same temperature both day & night
Using these strategies can help lesson the likelihood of your pipes breaking. However, sometimes we as humans forget to open the cabinets or let the water drip in faucet. We live in an “on-the-go” society. Here are some ways to thaw out your pipes if they do freeze.
- I know I will be repeating myself, but keep the faucet open! If you open your faucet and only a little drip drop comes out, you could have a freezing pipe. Running water through the pipe by keeping the faucet open will help thaw the pipe!
- Heat, heat, heat!! Use a blow dryer, towels in hot water, space heater on the pipe!
Freezing pipes can cause a lot of stress, we understand that! We want you to be extra prepared in case of a situation such as this. We also want you to stay safe, so if you try doing strategies such as using a space heater, be careful of your surroundings.
This is rough winter, but we will all get through it together! Forbid anything should happen, call the professionals of cleanup & restoration. SERVPRO® of Germantown is here to help. We want you to make sure your home or business is restored with care. You know where to call if you need us: (215)-536-7989.
Associated Builders and Contractors
ABC PA East
Founded in 1950, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association which represents almost 21,000 chapter members. The goal of ABC is to help its chapter members develop, win work and deliver said work in a safe and ethical manner that creates profit for all parties involved. ABC works hard to better the communities in which they and their members live and work. ABC’s primary activities include but are not limited to; government representation, legal advocacy, education, workforce development, communications, technology, and business development. ABC offers endless opportunities for its members to develop professionally, network and get involved through various committees and events.
SERVPRO of Germantown saw the benefit in joining such a prestigious association and garnered excitement among a few other SERVPRO affiliates and collectively joined as a group. We have representatives from SERVPRO who are apart of the workforce development committee as well as the young professionals committee. We take advantage of utilizing ABC East’s beautiful facilities to host our meetings and in the future, continuing education classes.
The ABC Easter PA Chapter, of which we are a part of, represents more than 14,000 construction employees who work for more than 450 member companies. SERVPRO saw this as an excellent opportunity to partner with ABC East and offer our Emergency Ready Profiles, free-of-charge, to the many members and businesses. Follow this link to check out our special offer on ABC’s website!
Falling for Winter: Preparing Your Home
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;
- 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 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.