Recent Storm Damage Posts

Call the BEST for Storm Damage!

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

When a storm makes its way towards your property, how do you prepare? Do you take it seriously, or do you feel content with getting some "bread and milk" and waiting it out?

Whether you are one extreme or the other, one thing you can always find truth in is that SERVPRO will always have your back when it comes to storm damage.

When water damage puts the things that matter most on the line, you need the very best help on the line as well. 

That's why knowing the easiest ways to contact SERVPRO is so important; make sure to follow us on all of our social media pages, keep track of our website, and don't ever hesitate to ask us questions you need answers to!

Give us a call for all of your storm related restoration needs!

Severe Weather Information

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

The following is an important message that was adapted from SERVPRO Corporate:

Severe weather can happen any time, anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms:

- 10,000 severe thunderstorms

- 5,000 floods or flash floods

- 1,300 tornadoes

- 2 landfalling deadly hurricanes.

Approximately 98% of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, leading to around 650 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage.

Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action, and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.

For more information, contact your local SERVPRO professional today! We will be able to assist you and answer all of your questions as best we can!

Is Your Property Vulnerable to Flooding?

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

One of the biggest issues that stem from winter storms are that areas can succumb to vast amounts of flooding, causing huge issues for property owners who are left to deal with the aftermath.

Some causes of winter flooding include ice jams and rapid snowmelt; the latter has been the cause in our region, due to the weather fluctuating as often as it does.

However, experts are anticipating one helluva' winter, saying it could be one of the worst we've seen in quite some time. If this is the cause, flooding will be inevitable in susceptible areas. 

If you live in an area that floods easily, your property could possibly be in danger of being damaged due to flood water. 

Contact your local SERVPRO and ask about our ERP, an Emergency Ready Plan that will make sure you have a system to follow if disaster ever should strike — and its FREE!

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!

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, 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, “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, 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!

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.

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!

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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

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.

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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.

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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 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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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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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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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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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? (

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 (  

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.