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Broken Valve Water Damage

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

Broken Water Shut Off Valve Costs Thousands in Water Damage

I’ll never forget the day we noticed our neighbor’s house was flooding. I heard a rumbling sound next door and when I looked in a side window, I saw a waterfall cascading down from the second story stairs and the entire first floor of her house was flooded! A defective toilet water shut off valve, (a petcock valve) had burst the night before and water had been running in her house for a whole night and day before we noticed. Thank goodness she had really good homeowners’ insurance because her entire home had to be restored and repaired as there was water damage in every room in her house. If your home experiences flooding for any reason, SERVPRO® of Southern Delaware County & West Chester want the residents and business owners to know that we are water restoration experts and have a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond to your water damage emergency 24 hours a day. Here is the process we follow when you call us with a water damage emergency:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Call Us Today

If you experience a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Southern Delaware County & West Chester wants to help. Call us today at 610-506-8919. We’ll clean and restore your water damage in “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Southern Delaware County & West Chester is Independently Owned and Operated.

Call Danielle 610-506-8919

Preventing Electrical Fires

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

Electrical fires can be extremely detrimental to your business. Damages can occur from both the fire and the water that is used during firefighting efforts.  As a business owner, it is important to know the steps to take to prevent electrical fires in your office.

Cords and Plugs:

Cords, plugs, and outlet damage are extremely common causes of electrical fires. If these items are tattered, frayed, worn out, or showing burn signs, they should immediately be replaced. Old cords that are in poor condition can overheat or spark which can lead to a fire. Replacing cords is a simple and non-expensive way to help prevent electrical fires. 

Outlets:

It is important to make sure your outlets are not overloaded, as this can be a huge risk factor for electrical fires. The United States Fire Administration recommends that power strips equipped with internal overload protection are purchased. These strips help ensure that a strip turns off when it becomes overloaded to help prevent fire damage.

Space Heaters:

Since space heaters are plugged in, they can be dangerous if not used carefully and correctly. Flammable materials such as paper, cardboard, coats, and rugs should be kept away from equipment that can become hot and overheat. 

Wiring:

Faulty wiring is a huge hazard and should be addressed immediately. If a lamp is flickering or an outlet is sparking, an electrician should be consulted to repair them as soon as possible. Appliances that are hot to touch and overheating should also be checked out by an electrician.

Inspection:

Your business should be inspected for hazardous situations that could potentially cause a fire. A licensed electrician can help keep your business and employees safe with a thorough assessment of the outlets, wiring, appliances, and other fire hazards.

Taking a few moments to ensure your business is safe from electrical fires is an easy, non-expensive way to keep you, your business, and employees safe. If you do experience a fire, SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County & West Chester is here to restore any damages and get your business back to normal.

Call Danielle 610-506-8919

Mold Damage Restoration

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

There’s so much to see and do in Brookhaven and the landscape can change with the weather, from the rich color of the autumn leaves to winter snowfall. 

Unfortunately, that can also leave both residential and commercial properties vulnerable to water damage. Whether you’ve got a private home or a business like the famous Tom Jones Restaurant, once mold invades it can become a costly problem.

Mold remediation can be essential in this area and that’s where the professionals at SERVPRO come in

We’ve been serving this community for 15 years and we pride ourselves in having the personal touch.

Since we live and work here too, we know what it’s like and we want to ensure that your home or business is safe.

Why Trust SERVPRO in Brookhaven?

Water damage is a serious matter that can have a devastating effect on both homeowners and commercial business owners alike.

At SERVPRO, we understand the importance of responding quickly to every emergency and providing the most professional results every time.

We’re ready to respond immediately 24 hours a day and we use state-of-the-art equipment to get the job done right. 

Speed is essential since mold growth can begin within 48 hours after initial water damage.

It can also be particularly important to act quickly when dealing with one of the many historic properties in the Brookhaven area such as the Caleb Pusey house.

Whether historic or brand new, every property deserves the best care and that’s what we provide, even ensuring that our technicians are trained in the most current mitigation techniques.

We’ll not only address the initial water damage, we’ll carefully remove and repair any damaged materials and safely dispose of anything that can’t be repaired.

Then we’ll use our professional-grade equipment to thoroughly dry every inch of your property and ensure that mold growth is stopped in its tracks.

What Makes Mold A Problem

It only takes a small water leak for mold to grow and spread in your Brookhaven home or business.

Once it begins, mold can spread rapidly, particularly if it gets into the air ducts, where it can begin to affect the entire building.

That’s why quick and thorough mold remediation is so important and why the professionals at SERVPRO take their jobs so seriously.

Mold thrives in any dark, damp area such as a basement, garage, attic, or closet and it can spread to fabric, clothing, and upholstery as well.

Since it is made up of microscopic spores, it can become a problem before you even realize it, which is why you should always rely on a professional water mitigation company to handle your water emergency.

Unfortunately, with the sometimes harsh winter weather in Brookhaven, water emergencies can be common and water damage can be a huge problem.

 Remediation The Right Way

Removing mold is about more than just scrubbing away those nasty patches of white or black. More often than not, visible mold growth is just the tip of the iceberg.

The only way to ensure that mold growth is completely eradicated at its source is with professional mold remediation services like those provided by SERVPRO.

We know exactly what it takes to treat the kind of water damage that homes and commercial businesses in Brookhaven often face and we’re prepared to respond whenever you need us.

We’ll arrive and assess the situation immediately and determine exactly what kind of response is required.

Then we’ll go to work to provide complete remediation because our ultimate goal is to restore your home or business to its previous condition. 

Of course, the cleanup of commercial property like one of the businesses at the landmark Cambridge Shopping Center can be more extensive, but no job is too big for us.

We follow the same basic steps as home mitigation for commercial properties and rest assured, we’ll treat your business with the utmost care.

As members of the community ourselves, we know how costly water damage can be to a business so our goal is to get your doors open to customers as quickly as possible.

We understand how important it is for mold remediation to be done the right way and that’s what we do on every job.

You wouldn’t trust your family or your customers to anything less than the best and that’s exactly what you’ll get when you turn to SERVPRO.

We’ve got the training, equipment, and personnel to ensure that mold growth is stopped at the source and your property is as safe as possible.

The Name You Can Trust In Water Mitigation

Life is beautiful in historic Brookhaven and the water mitigation professionals at SERVPRO are committed to keeping it that way. When water damage strikes your home or business, you can trust us to handle your property as if it were our own. 

That’s the promise we’ve been making to the local community for over a decade and it’s one we proudly stand by.

Mold Mitigation Professionals You Can Trust

Water is an integral part of life in Brookhaven PA but it can also become a real problem at times.

Whenever MOLD damage strikes your home or business, you need to act fast and rely on the water mitigation professionals at SERVPRO.  

We’re a name you can trust and we’ll do our best to serve every member of our community with care.

You can reach us at (610-506-8919)

SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County & West Chester is here to help.  We are SERVice PROfessionals and are ready to respond to your moment of misery.

Call Danielle 610-506-8919

Tornado Watch

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

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It is important to keep you and your loved ones safe during a Tornado Watch. Different ways you can do this are:

Before a Tornado:

Watch out for dark, rotating clouds. If you see one, take shelter immediately.

Listen for a tornado siren, if you hear one seek shelter immediately.

Turn on your TV/Radio to stay updated with the current weather and emergency instructions.

Avoid unnecessary car trips as you do not want to be caught outside if a tornado comes.

Bring outdoor furniture and other items that can blow away inside as they may become a safety hazard.

During a Tornado:

Take shelter immediately as flying debris and high winds can cause injuries.

Keep your windows closed and stay away from them. If a window breaks the glass can injure you.

If you are in a building, go to the basement or lowest floor. This is the safest location for you and your loved ones.

If you are in a mobile home, go to the nearest building or storm shelter as these will protect you more than you home.

If your car is hit by debris, stop, cover your head, and stay below the windows. You will be safer inside your car than outside of it.

If you are outside, lie down in a flat area and make sure to cover your head with your hands. You will be safer lying down than standing up.

After a Tornado:

Avoid entering damaged buildings as broken glass and exposed nails can injure you.

Keep away from downed power lines and objects touching them as they can electrocute you.

Wear sturdy shoes, long sleeves, and gloves when walking through debris. Stepping on nails and glass can severely injure you.

If you experience any Storm Damage from this tornado, SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County & West Chester is here to repair your home or business to return it back to normal. 

Call Danielle 610-506-8919

The High Cost of Water Damage

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

The High Cost of Water Damage

Each year water causes billions of dollars in property damage and the longer water damage is left untreated the higher will be the cost of repairs. Exterior repairs can help protect your home’s exterior. Water will naturally find the path of least resistance and will seep inside structures through damaged irrigation systems, broken downspouts, leaking roofs, failing seals around windows and doors and from severe weather events and snowmelt. SERVPRO® of Southern Delaware County & West Chester offers these tips form the Insurance Information Institute to repair and protect your home’s exterior from water damage:

  • Caulk and seal windows 
  • Inspect your roof for missing, damaged and aging shingles and make necessary repairs
  • Remove debris that may have accumulated in downspouts and rain gutters
  • Position downspouts so that they direct water away from the house
  • Check sprinklers and irrigation systems to be sure they are not creating water damage to the walls and foundations of the house
  • Turn off and drain outside faucets to protect against frozen pipes
  • Install gutter guards to prevent gutter clogs and keep water flowing away from the house

Call Us Today

If you experience a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Southern Delaware County & West Chester is ready to respond 24 hours a day, every day, and can be onsite in four hours to begin the cleanup and restoration process. Call us today at 610-506-8919. We’ll clean and restore your water damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Southern Delaware County & West Chester is Independently Owned and Operated.

Call Danielle 610-506-8919

Certified SERVPRO Cleaned

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

Though things are looking up, The COVID-19 pandemic has set new standards for cleaning in the nation. As businesses have reopened their doors, it has become more important than ever to ensure customer and employee safety by performing frequent disinfecting and sanitization services.

SERVPRO® of Southern Delaware County & West Chester has been offering a new, defensive cleaning program throughout this pandemic to proactively address the need for viral pathogen cleaning for commercial businesses. This cleaning program goes beyond the scope of a routine janitorial service and adheres to the cleaning and decontamination standards established by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Based on your business type, size, foot traffic, congestion, and touchpoints, we will develop a customized program based on your specific needs. We will clean, disinfect, and sanitize all porous and nonporous surfaces, tools, furniture, and equipment, and will dispose of all hazardous materials. In the event there has been COVID-19 exposure, we will clean within 24 hours to get your business reopened quickly.

Our technicians are specialty trained and certified to perform a variety of biohazardous decontamination and chemical spill cleanup and restoration services and follow industry and CDC guidelines.

Certification

When your business has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned we place a decal on your door with the date of the cleaning so your customers will know when this cleaning was performed.

Call SERVPRO® of Southern Delaware County & West Chester today at 610-506-8919. We’ll clean and restore your commercial business “Like it never even happened.”

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

SERVPRO® of Southern Delaware County & West Chester is Independently Owned and Operated.

Call Danielle 610-506-8919

Mold Restoration and Cleanup

7/22/2021 (Permalink)

There’s so much to see and do in Southern Delaware County & West Chester and the landscape can change with the weather, from the rich color of the autumn leaves to winter snowfall. 

Unfortunately, that can also leave both residential and commercial properties vulnerable to water damage. Whether you’ve got a private home or a business, once mold invades it can become a costly problem.

Mold remediation can be essential in this area and that’s where the professionals at SERVPRO come in.  We’ve been serving this community for 15 years and we pride ourselves in having the personal touch. Since we live and work here too, we know what it’s like and we want to ensure that your home or business is safe.

Why Trust SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County & West Chester?

Water damage is a serious matter that can have a devastating effect on both homeowners and commercial business owners alike. At SERVPRO, we understand the importance of responding quickly to every emergency and providing the most professional results every time. We’re ready to respond immediately 24 hours a day and we use state-of-the-art equipment to get the job done right. 

Speed is essential since mold growth can begin within 48 hours after initial water damage. Whether historic or brand new, every property deserves the best care and that’s what we provide, even ensuring that our technicians are trained in the most current mitigation techniques.

We’ll not only address the initial water damage, we’ll carefully remove and repair any damaged materials and safely dispose of anything that can’t be repaired. Then we’ll use our professional-grade equipment to thoroughly dry every inch of your property and ensure that mold growth is stopped in its tracks.

What Makes Mold A Problem

It only takes a small water leak for mold to grow and spread in your home or business. Once it begins, mold can spread rapidly, particularly if it gets into the air ducts, where it can begin to affect the entire building. That’s why quick and thorough mold remediation is so important and why the professionals at SERVPRO take their jobs so seriously.

Mold thrives in any dark, damp area such as a basement, garage, attic or closet and it can spread to fabric, clothing, and upholstery as well. Since it is made up of microscopic spores, it can become a problem before you even realize it, which is why you should always rely on a professional water mitigation company to handle your water emergency. Unfortunately, with the sometimes harsh winter weather, water emergencies can be common and water damage can be a huge problem.

 Remediation The Right Way

Removing mold is about more than just scrubbing away those nasty patches of white or black. More often than not, visible mold growth is just the tip of the iceberg. The only way to ensure that mold growth is completely eradicated at its source is with professional mold remediation services like those provided by SERVPRO.

We know exactly what it takes to treat the kind of water damage that homes and commercial businesses often face and we’re prepared to respond whenever you need us. We’ll arrive and assess the situation immediately and determine exactly what kind of response is required. Then we’ll go to work to provide complete remediation because our ultimate goal is to restore your home or business to its previous condition. 

Of course, the cleanup of commercial property can be more extensive, but no job is too big for us. We follow the same basic steps as home mitigation for commercial properties and rest assured, we’ll treat your business with the utmost care. As members of the community ourselves, we know how costly water damage can be to a business so our goal is to get your doors open to customers as quickly as possible.

We understand how important it is for mold remediation to be done the right way and that’s what we do on every job. You wouldn’t trust your family or your customers to anything less than the best and that’s exactly what you’ll get when you turn to SERVPRO. We’ve got the training, equipment, and personnel to ensure that mold growth is stopped at the source and your property is as safe as possible.

The Name You Can Trust In Water Mitigation

Life is beautiful in historic Southern Delaware County & West Chester, and the water mitigation professionals at SERVPRO are committed to keeping it that way. When water damage strikes your home or business, you can trust us to handle your property as if it were our own. 

That’s the promise we’ve been making to the local community for over a decade and it’s one we proudly stand by.

Mold Mitigation Professionals You Can Trust

Water is an integral part of life but it can also become a real problem at times. Whenever MOLD damage strikes your home or business, you need to act fast and rely on the water mitigation professionals at SERVPRO.  

We’re a name you can trust and we’ll do our best to serve every member of our community with care.

Call Danielle at 610-506-8919

SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County & West Chester is here to help.  We are SERVice PROfessionals and are ready to respond to your moment of misery.

Recover from Fire Damage

7/22/2021 (Permalink)

Reclaim Control of Your Life

When a fire strikes a home or business in Glen Mills, there is so much devastation in such a short time that the people may feel they have lost all control over their lives.

When fire and water take control of your life,

we help you take it back.

Call SERVPRO® of Southern Delaware County & West Chester at 610-506-8919. We have 24-hour emergency service 365 days of the year, so we can get technicians out to repair fire damage or water damage quickly.

Our technicians remove soot and smoke (both of which cause additional damage) and extract any water or moisture left from the fire-fighting efforts. SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County & West Chester has technicians who are experts at restoring fire-damaged or water-damaged building materials and contents.

The emergency team members also document every object and part of the building, noting its current condition and keeping a record of the steps to restore it to the preloss condition. If restoration is not possible, they document the reasons. They make working with insurance companies less stressful than it would be alone. Even better, SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County & West Chester works with most insurance companies, allowing people to attend to their families and employees or clients.

If there’s an emergency, we’re Faster to any size disaster.  Call us at 610-506-8919

SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County is Independently Owned and Operated.

SERVPRO Takes Care of Local Businesses

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® of Southern Delaware County & West Chester is an independently owned and operated business in metropolitan Philadelphia. We understand that businesses need to focus on their services and products to operate smoothly.

That’s why SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County & West Chester is available to businesses for both the unpredictable and the predictable. Call us at (610) 506-8919, check our website, or send questions on the link provided by the website.

SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County & West Chester is prepared for the unpredictable

Recovery from storms, fires, flash floods, and other disasters is business as usual for SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County & West Chester. SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County & West Chester technicians are trained to clean or repair current damage and to prevent more damage. We aim to restore property to its preloss condition.

Weather-related disasters are not the only emergencies. SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County & West Chester is an expert in cleaning to prevent the spread of viruses, bacteria, and fungi. SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County & West Chester also cleans and restores property after contamination, as well as after trauma or crime scenes.

SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County & West Chester takes care of the Predictable

Even if no one ever spills coffee, messes happen. Dust and dirt accumulate, trash cans seem to fill themselves, and the floors never stay clean. SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County & West Chester supplies regular cleaning services to office towers, schools, military bases, and healthcare facilities.

SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County & West Chester works with each company to design the right cleaning program; your business will get all of the services it needs, with none that it doesn’t.

Here to Help®

SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County & West Chester is independently owned and operated.

Call Danielle 610-506-8919

Protect Your Home from Summer Storms

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

Ways to Protect your Home from Storm Damage

 Storms can happen anytime, and it is important to be prepared for when they do hit. Summer storms can bring violent weather that can cause major property damage such as winds, heavy rains, lightning, thunder, and hail. Taking precautionary measures can help you prepare and protect your home can help prevent extensive storm damage.

Secure Loose Items in your Yard

Outdoor furniture, grills, gardening equipment, lawn decorations, children’s toys can all blow away or be damaged during a storm. These items can also become dangerous with high winds and fly into your home, car, garage, or neighbors’ home. Bringing these items inside or in a shed can help prevent damage to both your home and these items.

Inspect the Roof and Gutters of Your home

Inspecting your roof for damaged shingles or gutters is important to making sure storms don’t prevent massive damage to your house. Damaged roofing and gutters can cause rainwater to leak into your house. It is important to inspect and repair these so that wind and storms do not damage your home further.

Inspect your Windows

Windows are a vulnerable part of your home during a storm as they can possibly leak or shatter. Making sure windows are properly sealed can keep out wind and rain during a storm. New windows are a great option as they are made of strong glass and are less likely to leak.

Protect your Home from Flooding

Flooding is an extremely common effect of a storm. It can lead to extreme water damage or mold. Checking your basement for leaks or cracks is an effective way to prevent flooding. Another important way to prevent flooding is to make sure your gutters drain away from your home.

Have a Backup Power Source

Storms commonly take out power which can be dangerous and inconvenient. Power is important to keep items in the refrigerator fresh and to make sure your cell phone and other devices are charged. Sump pumps may also stop working which may lead to basement flooding. Having a backup power source can keep you and your family safe from these occurrences.

Trim Large or Dead Tree Branches

Strong wind can cause branches to fly off of trees and into your home. Tree branches can also hit cars and power lines which can be potentially dangerous. Inspecting the trees around your property and making sure they are well trimmed can prevent extensive damage during storms.

Call SERVPRO for any Storm Damage!

SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County & West Chester is here to help with any emergency storm damage to your property. We are available 24/7/365 to help protect you and your property from all damages. Call Danielle 610-506-8919