Recent Storm Damage Posts

Tornado Watch

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

Tornado Call Danielle 610-506-8919

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

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

Hurricane Season is Here

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

storm Call Danielle 610-506-8919

Hurricane Season is Here

Hurricane season is here, and hurricanes have been known to cause damage all along the East Coast. Even if you are not in the direct path of a hurricane, the high winds and storm surges can cause property damage and flooding. SERVPRO® of Southern Delaware County & West Chester wants home and business owners to know that we have years of storm damage restoration experience and we are Here to Help. ® Here are some of hurricane safety tips offered by the Office of Emergency Management, City of Philadelphia:

  • Know your area’s flood risk and think about getting flood insurance
  • If you live in an area that floods, keep sandbags, plastic sheeting and lumber on hand to protect your home
  • Elevate your furnace, water heater and electrical panel and remove other items from the floor
  • Know the safest evacuation route from your home and have a family emergency and evacuation plan
  • Prepare a Go Bag with emergency supplies that you can grab and take with you in a hurry

Call Us Today

We hope you never experience storm damage to your home or commercial property but if you do SERVPRO® of Southern Delaware County & West Chester is ready to respond 24 hours a day every day. Call us today at 610-506-8919. We’ll clean and restore your storm damage in “Like it never even happened.”

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

Call Danielle 610-506-8919

Flash Floods

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

Flash Flood Watch

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, (NOAA), issued a flash flood watch for the area, due to a strong storm front that developed over the weekend. Flash floods can occur when a severe storm brings heavy rainfall to an area over a short period of time. Areas with poor drainage, creeks, and other watercourses can leave their banks and cause flooding to nearby properties. SERVPRO® of Southern Delaware County & West Chester wants home and business owners to know that we have years of experience dealing with water damage emergencies, and  we can be onsite within four hours to begin the cleanup and restoration process.

Flood Safety Tips

Here are some safety tips from the American Red Cross to keep you safe until help arrives:

  • Turn off the power and water mains if instructed to do so by local authorities
  • Boil tap water until water sources have been declared safe
  • Avoid contact with floodwater. Listen to local area radio, or TV stations for the latest information
  • Don’t use gas or electrical appliances that have been flooded
  • Dispose of any food that comes into contact with flood water

Call Us

Storm damage can become costly if not taken care of quickly. SERVPRO® of Southern Delaware County & West Chester has a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond 24 hours a day, every day, to assist business owners and residents. We can also help with the insurance paperwork and process. Call us today at 610-506-8919.

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

Storms & Pets

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

Severe storms can hit any place, even Glen Mills. If high winds, ice and snow, or heavy rains make evacuation necessary, SERVPRO® of Southern Delaware County knows that most of us will not leave without our pets.  We can repair water damage and storm damage "Like it never even happened,"® but people and pets are irreplaceable.

Preparation for Glen Mills Pets:

  • Maintain current information on all tags
  • Secure tags to collars
  • Consider microchips for animals that cannot wear collars or that may lose them
  • In case you get separated, have photos of yourself with each pet
  • Identify shelters and motels that accept pets
  • Have a secure leash/harness and carrier for each of your pets
  • Keep copies of each Rx for the pet(s)

Emergency Kits for Pets:

  • Rabies tags, copies of vaccination records
  • Medical records for pets that require extra care
  • At least a 3-day supply of water and food for each pet
  • Animal first-aid kit
  • Favorite toys and blankets
  • Treats
  • Medicines
  • Extra litter and litter box
  • Bags for waste

If storm damage does hit your home, remember that We are Here to Help.® 

SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County is independently owned and operated.

Call Danielle at 610-506-8919

Steps to Take After a Storm

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Stay Safe

How to Stay Safe

  • Check the local news to make sure your area is safe from the storm.
  • Watch out for glass or broken nails
  • Avoid standing water
  • Look out for hazards such as damaged roofs, broken windows, standing water, or damaged walls.

Assess the Damage to your Home

Take pictures of the storm damage to send to your insurance company!

Roof Damage Signs

  • Holes in the roof
  • Damaged shingles
  • Damaged gutters
  • Ceiling leaks
  • Dents on vents or gutters

Inspect your windows and doors for cracks and holes. Check the siding of your house, paint, and bricks for damages. Be sure to inspect air conditioning units as well.

Contact Your Insurance Provider

When contacting your insurance company, they will provide you with the next steps needed to make a claim. Your agent can answer any questions you may have about your claim. This will help you become compensated for the damages!

Contact SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County!

SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County is here to help when your home or business is affected by storm damage. We are leading professionals in the restoration business and offer the best of care. Call us if you experience any storm, water, fire, or mold damage! 610-506-8919

Storm Damage

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Call SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County for any storm, water, fire, or mold emergency!

SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Residential Services

If your home needs emergency flood damage or your home packed and moved, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Call SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County for any storm, water, fire, or mold damage. We are here to help 24/7/365! 610-506-8919

Call SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County for any Storm Damage

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Flood Call SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County if you experience any storm damage!

Contact SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County to Perform Flood Water Removal in Your Property.

After a storm, floodwater can seep into various areas of your property and can cause severe damage. If not taken care of on time, the water can weaken your structure, cause mold growth, and wood rot. Fortunately, SERVPRO technicians can reduce the chances of these secondary damages from occurring if contacted on time.

What certification does SERVPRO have for restoration?

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) offers standards for cleaning and restoring damaged properties. Our technicians only highly trained, certified, and experienced technicians who can perform flood water removal in your property. We can complete the job according to the standards the IICRC has set.

What should I do after flooding occurs in my property?

It is essential to contact your insurance company to inform it about the damage and begin the claim process. Also, contact professional restorers without wasting time to avoid irreparable damage to your drywall, wood, and other porous materials. Also, avoid:

  • Entering your property if it has suffered structural damage
  • Walking through flood water without turning off the electricity first.
  • Getting into contact with the contaminated water.

Can I turn off the noisy fans at night?

We do not recommend turning off the equipment since the more hours it runs, the faster the drying process occurs. Our SERVPRO team can place the drying equipment at strategic points to encourage optimal drying. Switching off the drying equipment can increase the drying time or provide an opportunity for secondary destruction like a mold infestation to occur.

How long can the odor linger?

Odors in your property can last for months or longer if not handled professionally. Floodwater can bring dead animals and different kinds of debris into your property, which can cause odors when rotting. However, with our approved deodorizing products, we can restore fresh air into your home. We can use water-based cinnamon to combat some odors. The product can replace foul odors with a pleasant scent.

It is vital to take immediate action when you experience flood damage in your property. Contact SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County for efficient flood water removal. "Like it never even happened." 610-506-8919

Steps to Take Immediately After a Storm

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County is here to help with storm damage!

Take Safety Precautions

Heavy winds and rains may have caused damage that could potentially be dangerous. Collapsed roofs, window damage, collapsed walls, and standing water in your home or business may be present after a storm. Water can also soak into carpets, furniture, or building materials which can cause mold. If you smell gas, shut off your main gas line. Beware of exposed nails, broken class, or sharp objects on your property. Your safety is the most important thing! Be sure to contact SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County to help assess and restore the damages from the storm.

Photograph the Damage 

If your property is safe to be on, use a cellphone or camera to document and photograph damages so that you can show your insurance company. This can help ensure that you will be fully compensated by your insurance company.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Contact your insurance agent immediately to notify them of the storm damages. The company will send out an adjustor to determine the extent of the damage so that you may be compensated.

Look Into Federal Disaster Assistance 

The Federal Government may have declared your area that was affected by the storm as a disaster area. This means you may be eligible for low cost loans to help restore your property. This requires proper documentation to be filed.

Call SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County

Call SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County if your home or business has been affected by a storm. We are here to help restore any fire, mold, or water damages to get your life back to normal! 610-506-8919

Lightning

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning Lightning

Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities.  Though the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are only around 1 in 500,000, some factors can put you at greater risk for being struck.  Here are a few lightning safety tips:

Be Aware  

Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities.  If it calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity, or make sure adequate safe shelter is available.

Go Indoors

Remember the phrase "When thunder roars, go indoors."  Find a safe, enclosed shelter when you hear thunder.  Safe shelters include homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up.

Avoid Windows, Doors, Porches & Concrete

Do not lie on concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls.  Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.  

Avoid Water

Do not bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightning can travel through a building's plumbing.

Avoid Electronic Equipment

Do not use computers, laptops, game systems, washers, dryers, stoves, or anything connected to an electrical outlet.  Lightning can travel through electrical systems, radio and television reception systems, and any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.  Equip homes and offices with whole-house surge protectors to protect appliances.

For any storm damage, be sure to call SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County at 610-506-8919

Tornado Watch in Delaware County, PA

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

tornado Tornado Watch in Delaware County, PA

A Tornado Watch has been issued in the following Pennsylvania counties – Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia. Right now these counties are experiencing heavy winds and rains that are causing storm damage and will be lasting for the week. 

It is important to keep you and your loved ones safe during this 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 is here to repair your home or business to return it back to normal. 

Protect your Home From Storm Damage

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

Don't deal with water damage alone SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County is here to help with any storm damage.

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 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

Bring Your Pets When You Have to Evacuate Your Home

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

dog and cat on white background Bring your pets with you when you have to evacuate your home

Severe storms can hit any place, even Glen Mills. If high winds, ice and snow, or heavy rains make evacuation necessary, SERVPRO® of Southern Delaware County knows that most of us will not leave without our pets.  We can repair water damage and storm damage Like it never even happened® but people and pets are irreplaceable.

Preparation for Glen Mills Pets:

  • Maintain current information on all tags
  • Secure tags to collars
  • Consider microchips for animals that cannot wear collars or that may lose them
  • In case you get separated, have photos of yourself with each pet
  • Identify shelters and motels that accept pets
  • Have a secure leash/harness and carrier for each of your pets
  • Keep copies of each Rx for the pet(s)

Emergency Kits for Pets:

  • Rabies tags, copies of vaccination records
  • Medical records for pets that require extra care
  • At least a 3-day supply of water and food for each pet
  • Animal first-aid kit
  • Favorite toys and blankets
  • Treats
  • Medicines
  • Extra litter and litter box
  • Bags for waste

SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County suggests this website.

If storm damage does hit your home, remember that We are Here to Help.® 

SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County is independently owned and operated.

What to Do After Storm Damage in Glen Mills

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

Storm damage can happen at any time of the year. It only takes a small storm to create flooding, water damage, and possibly mold. Storms can also cause down trees, and roof damage from the powerful winds. First and foremost, the most important thing to do is to take safety precautions. Heavy winds and rain can create physical hazards such as collapsed roofing materials, window damage, collapsed walls or standing water in the basement or home interior. In addition, moisture can soak into furniture, carpeting, and building materials making the perfect environment for mold growth that can cause health issues. Shut off the main gas line if you smell gas. Beware of broken glass, exposed nails, and other sharp objects on the property. It is very important that you use extreme caution, and safety measures.

               Another important step is to take photographs. You should take photographs of all the storm damage, and make sure you print and save the photos. It is also important to contact your insurance company as soon as possible, so you can file a claim. They will then come out and assess the damage to your property. Also, look into federal assistance from storm damage. The federal government may have declared the area affected by the storm as a disaster area that is eligible for low-cost loans to help restore your property to normal. You will be required to file documents to receive these loans.

               The most important thing is to act safely, and quickly in this unfortunate situation. While storm damage can be overwhelming, it is important to take the necessary steps to make the process go as smoothly as possible.

Preparing for Storms in Glen Mills

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

Road sign that reads “Storms Brewing in Glen Mills” When storms are brewing, SERVPRO® of Southern Delaware County will be there to help restore any damage caused by the storm.

When storms are brewing, we may not think destruction is headed our way but sometimes the inevitable happens in Glen Mills. While storms can be beautiful, they can turn deadly in just moments. Being prepared will help minimize harm to people and bring less damage to your property. If you find yourself in the aftermath of a storm, let SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County bring your chaos back to normal.

A few ways to prepare for a storm with strong winds are:

  • Have a flashlight readily available in case of a power outage
  • Board up windows and doors ahead of time, if possible
  • Secure loose items
  • Have an emergency kit ready including non-perishable foods and water
  • Make a plan ahead of time so your family will know what to do

Your local meteorologists will monitor the weather conditions in your area keeping you informed on what type of storm is happening. A storm Watch indicates they are watching for formations of specific types (flooding, severe thunderstorms, hail, tornadoes, etc.)  A storm Warning means there are property and life-threatening conditions occurring so you should take precautions.

Once the storm has subsided in Glen Mills, please continue to be careful walking about your structure as there could be loose debris, and compromised structures, etc. Wear boots, and gloves to help protect yourself but above all call the professionals at SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County to make your loss “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County is independently owned and operated.

Links:

https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2015/05/07/fema-severe-weather-approaches-prepare-stay-informed-and-make-plan

What to do if you have PTSD during Thunderstorms and Lightning in Concordville

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

Man sitting in field with a storm brewing overhead, he is holding his computer above his head for protection. Understanding relaxation techniques during a storm can help reduce anxiety from PTSD.

Almost 7% of people in the U.S. have suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

People who have PTSD may experience panic during thunderstorms. Thunderstorms and lightning can set off a person’s alarm bells in Concordville.

SERVPRO® of Southern Delaware County offers these guides to coping with PTSD during storms:

The best strategy is to be prepared:

  • Take care of your emotional health. See a therapist. Learn relaxation exercises. When you feel anxious, you can relax yourself
  • Know when a thunderstorm is likely. Plan what you will do during a thunderstorm
  • Take care of your physical health. Eat a healthy diet. Get enough sleep. Do not rely on alcohol or other drugs. Do not smoke or chew tobacco

During a Thunderstorm in Concordville:

  • Slow down your breathing
  • Look around. Notice where you are. Notice that you are in a safe place
  • Distract yourself from the storm. Wear headphones and listen to music. Sit in a pop-up tent
  • Talk with someone you trust

SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County is independently owned and operated.

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/treatment/cope/coping-traumatic-stress.asp

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/PTSD-overview/epidemiological-facts-ptsd.asp

Tips for Staying Safe in Concordville During a Storm

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning striking a  Concordville office building and possibly causing fire damage. Stay away from windows during a lightning storm in Concordville.

Common safety rules and precautions state that the public should generally try to stay inside of a safe area or building when a lightning storm or thunderstorm occurs. There are many commercial buildings in Concordville. SERVPRO® of Southern Delaware County wants to share the following safety tips for staying safe during a thunderstorm while inside of a commercial building:

  • Stay away from all windows or glass walls, especially during a lightning storm
  • Unplug appliances if possible
  • Pay attention to all alerts and warnings, as a thunderstorm can develop into a tornado if powerful enough
  • Avoid running water if possible since electricity can travel through plumbing

Weather is unpredictable. Although the weather can be predicted, it can also change in an instant without much warning. If a thunderstorm does happen to turn into tornado weather in Concordville, consider the following tips:

  • If the commercial building has a basement or storm cellar, head there immediately
  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck in the event of flying debris or shattered windows
  • Do not leave the safe area until the local alerting system says it is safe to do so

Remember, SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County is Here to Help. Our trained team members will show up ready to go and can assist in cleanup and restoration after a thunderstorm, lightning storm and even a tornado.

SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County is independently owned and operated.

Link: https://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning

Be prepared for power outages from storms in Concordville

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Storm damage can lead to power outages in Southern Delaware County

Managing Without Power in Concordville

 SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County has seen storm damage lead to power outages.  

 A power outage can:

  • Disrupt communication
  • Make transportation difficult
  • Shut down water pipes
  • Close businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, banks, ATMS, other services
  • Lead to food spoilage
  • Lead to contaminated water
  • Disable medical devices

 During a power outage in Concordville, be sure to:

  • Keep freezer & refrigerator doors closed. It will reduce the chance of food spoilage
  • Use generators only outdoors and away from windows
  • Disconnect appliances/electronics. Power surges can destroy equipment
  • Have already set up plan to refrigerate medicines
  • For people who use power wheelchairs, have a backup battery. You may also need a manual chair
  • The local power company should already know that someone in your home relies on medical devices
  • Do not use a gas stove or oven to heat your home or business
  • If travel is safe, go to another location for proper heating or cooling
  • Check on your neighbors.

 Links:

https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/poweroutage/index.html

Tips to Stay Safe During a Storm

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Floods are the most common natural disaster in the U.S. Flooding can happen near major bodies of water, but also inland.

Floods can develop slowly or quickly. Floods that come with no warning are known as flash floods.

Floods:
? Come from rain, snow, hurricanes, tornadoes, and storm surges
? Overflows of dams or other water systems
? Can cause power or water outages
? Damage buildings
? Create landslides
? Make roads impassable
? Sweep away people, animals, or cars

If you are in a flood in Southern Delaware County:
? If you have a warning, get to a safe place
? Don’t drive around barricades
? Don’t walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County likes the warning, “Turn around! Don’t Drown!”
? 6 inches of moving water can knock a person down. 12 inches of moving water can sweep a car away
? Stay off bridges over fast-moving water. The water can wash bridges away
? If your car is trapped in quickly-moving water, stay inside. If the water rises inside the vehicle, climb onto the roof
? If you are trapped in a building, go to the highest level. Do NOT climb into a closed attic. Floodwater can trap you. Go to the roof only if there is no other escape

Links:
https://www.ready.gov/floods
https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program

What is a Hurricane?

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

A hurricane is a huge storm!  It can be up to 600 miles across and have strong winds spiraling at speeds of 75-200 MPH.  A hurricane usually lasts for over a week, moving 10-20 MPH over the ocean.  Hurricanes gather heat and energy through contact with warm ocean waters and rote counter-clockwise around an "eye" in the Northern hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern hemisphere.  The "eye" is the center of the storm and is the calmest part.  When a hurricane comes onto land, the heavy rain, strong winds and large waves can damage buildings, trees, and cars.

Hurricanes only form over really warm ocean water of 80 degrees F or warmer.  The atmosphere must cool off very quickly the higher you go.  Also, the wind must be blowing in the same direction and at the same speed to force air upward from the ocean surface.  Winds flow outward above the storm allowing the air below to rise.

Hurricanes are separated into categories based on their intensity and wind speeds:

Category 1 - very dangerous winds will produce some damage - 74-95 MPH

Category 2 - extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage - 96-110 MPH

Category 3 - devastating damage will occur - 111-129 MPH

Category 4 - catastrophic damage will occur - 130-156 MPH

Category 5 - catastrophic damage will occur - winds greater than 157 MPH 

Hurricane Safety

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane season starts June 1 and lasts until November 30.  A hurricane WATCH means that there's a POSSIBILITY that hurricane conditions could occur within 36 hours.  A hurricane WARNING means that sustained winds of at least 74 MPH are expected within 24 hours.

Before a hurricane

*have a disaster plan

*board up windows

*bring in objects from outside that could blow away

*know where all the evacuation routes are

*prepare disaster supplies kits for your home and car

During a hurricane

*stay away from low-lying and flood prone areas

*always stay indoors.  Leave mobile homes and go to a shelter

After a hurricane

*stay indoors until it is safe to come out

*do not attempt to drive in flooding water

*stay away from standing water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines

Who Names Hurricanes?

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

From 1950-1952, hurricanes of the North Atlantic Ocean were identified by the phonetic (A, B, C, etc.) alphabet.  In 1953, the US Weather Bureau switched to women's names.  The naming rights now go by the World Meteorological Organization, which uses different sets of names depending on the part of the world the storm is in.  Around the United States, only women's names were used until 1979.  It was then decided that they should alternate a list that included men's names too.  There are 6 different name lists that alternate each year.  If a hurricane does significant damage, it's name is retired and replaced with another one.  Here are the names that will be used to identify the hurricanes for 2018:

Alberto

Beryl

Chris

Debby

Ernesto

Florence

Gordon

Helene

Isaac

Joyce

Kirk

Leslie

Michael

Nadine

Oscar

Patty

Rafael

Sara

Tony

Valerie

William

Tips to Prepare Your Home for a Storm

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Homeowners can take preventative measures to help reduce damage if/when a severe storm hits. Here are a few of them.

*Clear limbs and trim trees - during a storm, dead tree limbs can get loose and cause damage to a home's exterior or break a window

*Secure fences - ensure that fences are properly secured to help prevent them from being lifted up and thrown against the house by heavy winds

*Secure furniture - heavy winds can cause items like patio furniture and large toys to damage the exterior of your home.  You should also move anything in your yard that can become flying debris inside your home or garage

*Protect your valuables - protect mementos in waterproof containers and/or take them items with you if you evacuate.  Make sure important documents, such as insurance policies, certificates, etc., are stored in a safe deposit or fire safe box.

How to Stay Safe When a Winter Storm Threatens

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Even though it's still officially summer, we all know that winter will be here before we know it!  Below are some tips to keep in mind for the upcoming code weather.

*Know your area's risk for winter storms

*Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking, and weather stripping

*Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power

*Stay indoors and off the roads

*Never use a generator, camp stove, or charcoal grill indoors as these can start fires, cause electric shock, and/or cause carbon monoxide poisoning

*Monitor local news and alerts for emergency information and instructions

Summer Storms and High Winds

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

This summer has brought with it torrential rain storms with high winds and flooding.  It has kept SERVPRO very busy.  One customer called us in a panic with six inches of water in his basement.  His sump pump failed as soon as the storm began. He had a finished basement that was fully furnished with very expensive gym equipment, television set and an antique jukebox that had very sentimental value. It was like a family room where he and his family spent many happy hours and had a lot of special memories.  Our crew got there and immediately started extracting the water.  They were very careful not to damage any of their prized possessions.  All the equipment was in place and immediately the owner saw such improvement.  By the time the clean up was complete, all had been salvaged with the exception of the carpets that had to be replaced.  The owner was so very happy and relieved that the carpets were the only casualty. The family was thinking of replacing them in the near future anyway.  Another job well done by our guys!

Heavy flooding and Winds

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

The recent rain storm with heavy winds reeked havoc in our area.  We received numerous emergency calls.  Most of the calls resulted from the nearby river overflowing it's banks and caused major chaos in the area.  Homes had to be evacuated until water receded then we began the job of major clean ups.  One home in particular had no basement so the living quarters in the home was the first floor where the family basically spent all their time. Our crew got there and immediately started the extraction and placing all the necessary equipment in the areas needed.  Needless to say the job was completed in record time and the family was able to return to their home in a timely manner thanks to SERVPRO.

SERVPRO and The American Red Cross

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

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.  

Recent flooding in our area

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

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.

What is an Ice Dam?

3/15/2017 (Permalink)

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."