SERVPRO and The American Red Cross
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Texas. The danger is not over yet. This hurricane is still causing major flooding and loss of lives. Help is on the way but there is so much to contend with at this time. Placing the homeless in safe shelters and making sure they have food and water and any essentials that they need to survive is the number one priority. Many of our SERVPRO offices will be heading there to help and work along with the Red Cross to get this area back to normal and a safe environment once again. We had flooding and storms in our area several weeks ago but nothing compared to the devastation that is going on in Texas at this time.
Get rid of mold caused by water damage
We have all had experience with certain types of mold in our homes or apartments at one time or another. The important thing when this happens is to get the professionals to handle it properly. SERVPRO has the trained and certified crew that you need to handle this unsightly job for you. Our technicians use EPA standard products to make sure the job is completed safely and in a timely manner. We take pride in making your home safe again and in keeping it that way. We are a phone call away and are ready to perform the mold remediation for you. At the first sight of any mold issues please do not hesitate to contact us.
Recent flooding in our area
It will be two years in November that I have been working at SERVPRO in Southern Delaware County. I have never seen this type of constant emergency before. During the last 2 weeks the flooding in this area has been non stop. Our crew have been working day, night and weekends to help all our neighbors with their water problems. There are a lot of grateful people out there due to our constant attention to their needs. We got to each job as soon as we could then went immediately to the next one. It has since slowed down a bit but we will always be ready for the next emergency.
Our production crew was really put to the test last week when they were called for this job. A gas oven exploded. It was located in a very large bakery warehouse. Aside from the normal debris that had to be restored by our SERVPRO crew there was raw dough and flour all over the warehouse. It was on the rafters, the ceiling, all over the equipment and also on the massive floor that housed the huge warehouse. It took time, patience and a good deal of work and sweat. This explosion happened during one of our worst heat waves. If it were 97 degrees outside it had to be 100 + in that warehouse. Our crew did a great job cleaning up and restoring this facility to clean, working order. Owner was very happy that he could start baking again!
The Importance of the Emergency Ready Program
The Emergency Ready Program is such a vital tool to our industry and to all the Sales and Marketing Representatives. Introducing this service to all our commercial customers is so very important. As we all know from experience most emergencies occur late at night or in the early morning hours. Having all the necessary details right at hand for both our customers and SERVPRO saves time and ultimately less damage whether it is water or fire restoration. We have all information in our system for immediate response and the company involved also has info on their lap top or phone so it can be accessed immediately. Every day a company has to shut their doors due to an emergency is a day that money is lost. Offering this free service to all our COI'S creates confidence with us. They know we will be there no matter what type of emergency and get things resolved as soon as possible.
Being a Sales and Marketing Manager with SERVPRO I rarely get the opportunity to see first hand all that is involved in the cleaning and packing up of all the personal contents of one of our valued customers. I have always known how hard our crew works to get the job completed properly and as soon as possible. This particular family had major fire damage. All their contents were packed up and sent to our warehouse for cleaning and restoration. I watched each step of the process from unpacking contents to cleaning each individual item then packed up again to be delivered to the family after our major fire clean up. There were precious memories included in this process from baby photos, family memories and all other items that were so important to this family. This process was tedious and painstaking but our crew made it look easy and were happy to do it. This family is now back in their home after our fire restoration enjoying again all their memories.
Spring is in the air! With the warmer weather comes the tradition of spring cleaning, a time to organize and clean the environments home, business, office we encounter on a daily basis.Perhaps you are selling a home and want to vanquish years of cigarette smoke odor that won't go away, or want to see if your ducts or HVAC system needs to be cleaned.
SERVPRO franchises also off the cleaning services:
- Carpet Cleaning
- Upholstery and Drapery Cleaning
- Ceiling and Wall Cleaning
- Hard Floor Cleaning
Whatever your spring cleaning needs, SERVPRO has you covered.
Call SERVPRO OF SOUTHERN DELAWARE COUNTY today at(484)841-6669to discuss or schedule your necessary spring cleaning services.
The Importance of Cleaning Dryer Vents
Before and After Dryer Vent Cleaning.
The Importance of cleaning Dryer Vents
According to FEMA, failure to clean home dryers causes 34% of home dryer fires. Home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss and can even cause injury or death. To reduce the risk of these fires happening in your or your insured's home or business, SERVPRO can help clean dryer vents and ducts that may have lint buildup.
Other tips for keeping your dryer vents clean from the National Fire Protection Agency include cleaning the l...int filter before and after each load, and making sure the outdoor vent flap will open and is not restricted by snow, a bird's nest, or other potential obstacles.
For more information on cleaning dryer vents contact your local SERVPRO Franchise at SERVPRO OF SOUTHERN DELAWARE COUNTY (484) 841-6669.
What is an Ice Dam?
Diagram of an Ice Dam
An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.
The first signs of snow damage on your roof will be either water flowing from your ceiling or water stains. As soon as water or water stains appear you should perform some type of clean up and remediation .
To prevent further damage including mold damage and mold growth, immediate action and correct action must be taken as the snow melts on the roof or when ice damming occurs. In most situations the snow will still be melting when you see the water damage.
Roofs are not the only places that can get snow damage. Basement water damage can be caused by snow. Water can find the smallest entry ways, even the most tight sealed home can eventually create cracks letting snow melted water, damaging basement walls and flooding basements.
If you find yourself in a situation where you need water removed or your home dried out, contact us SERVPRO OF SOUTHERN DELAWARE COUNTY (484)841-6669.
We'll make it "Like it never even happened."
MARCH is RED CROSS MONTH
SERVPRO PROUD NATIONAL SPONSER OF AMERICAN RED CROSS
Around 3.1 million people donate blood through the American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross collects and processes about 40% of the nation's blood supply to approximately 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.
Volunteers constitute about 90% of the American Red Cross workforce, making it possible to respond to nearly 70,000 disasters every year, most of them home and apartment fires.
Every year, march is declared Red Cross Month by the president of the United States. The American Red Cross celebrates by honoring the "everyday heroes" who support and carry out the mission of the Red Cross by donating,giving blood, taking a class or volunteering. SERVPRO began a partnership with the American Red Cross in 2013, and became an official Disaster Responder partner in 2016. The Disaster Responder program provides families and individuals immediate support, comfort and assistance when a disaster, such as a house fire, happens to them. Disaster Responders also help communities prepare for disasters ahead of time by participating in preparedness activities such as the Smoke Alarm Installation Campaign.
To learn more about the American Red Cross, or about how you can get involved,visit redcross.org.