Ice Jams: What Are They?
While there are several causes of winter flooding, the most common are coastal flooding, snow melting rapidly, and ice jams.
Ice jams are typically caused by long cold spells, which can freeze over surfaces of various bodies of water that ultimately lead to ice jams.
When a rise in water level happens, or a thaw breaks the ice into large chunks that become jammed at man-made or natural obstructions, winter flooding is most likely to follow.
Moreover, those large slabs of ice are certainly dangerous to be drifting aimlessly down and around waterways.
All of the aforementioned causes can result in severe flooding. If you know live in areas that are susceptible to this type of flooding, call your local SERVPRO franchise and ask us about setting up an ERP!
Why Choose SERVPRO!
Why should you choose SERVPRO?
- SERVPRO started back in 1967, when Ted and Doris Isaacson founded the company after starting a painting business. Now, in almost 2020, more than 1,700 SERVPRO franchises exist nationwide. With that type of growth, SERVPRO has proved to be an outstanding company that is here to stay!
- All of our technicians are trained and specialists in the work that they do.
- We work with your insurance company to make sure you are covered for the work that we complete. If your insurance company does not cover a service we recommend, we will let you know the price before the work is done!
- We work quickly to ensure that your home is back to preloss conditions as fast as we can!
Give us a call for all of your restoration and remediation needs!
We Appreciate Your Feedback!
Another reason as to why you should choose SERVPRO is that we truly appreciate your business and feedback!
While we already attack every job with an urgency to excel expectations and to accomplish every goal, we want to know how you feel about the job we did so that we can improve or remedy any issues you may have had.
We want you to know that we are always available to assist you, from the beginning of the job till the end, to ensure that you are happy.
The best way for you to allow us to further assist you is for you to leave reviews or contact us directly — don't hesitate to let us know if we can help you out with anything and everything!
SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Date!
The game will be held at SMU's Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas; with an 12:30pm start time, you can be sure to get the burgers and hotdogs grilling early enough and just in time for the game!
This game is just an example of how SERVPRO aims to support first responders on a national level; we thrive on providing aid to those who help keep us safe on a daily basis.
Make sure to tune in when the game is on -- it will be a great one!
SERVPRO's "1-4-8" Rule!
Picture yourself waking up early in the morning, eager to get your day started and to get your kids to school. You slip on your slippers and proceed down the steps, only before you realize that you are about to step into a massive puddle in your kitchen that was caused by a flood!
What do you do?
Do you call the police, or fire department? Do you start to mop up the floor, or throw towels down to soak up the water?
Each answer may vary, but the result should always be the same: CALL YOUR LOCAL SERVPRO!
Time is of the essence, though, because once water has entered your home, extraction needs to occur as soon as possible!
SERVPRO strictly abides to meeting or exceeding the “1,4,8” rule. Within one hour of receiving a new loss, the client will be contacted by one of our compliance staff to schedule a time for our crew chief to come scope the affected areas.
Within four hours of scheduling, our highly-trained crew will arrive on-site to begin work. After eight hours, all current job information will be processed, uploaded and relayed to client.
Through these efforts, we strive to excel and return any home back to preloss conditions!
Call SERVPRO for Retail Restoration!
SERVPRO strives to work quickly to get you back to business as usual; we want you to open up shop as soon as possible to save you money and limit your costs!
Time is crucial to saving your business when disaster strikes. Every hour spent on recovery is an hour lost of revenue and productivity. Our professionals are available 24-7/365 to help remediate any damage, no matter the cause of the scale of the loss.
SERVPRO Professionals are experienced in limiting business interruption, working after hours and around the clock to isolate the damage and restore your space so that you can continue business as usual.
We have a lot of experience servicing a variety of facilities, such as: National Chain Stores, Supermarkets, Shopping Malls, Department Stores, and Specialty Retailers!
Commercial Services for YOU!
Your local SERVPRO will do whatever possible to restore your facility back to preloss conditions; with this commitment in mind, we tackle every job with an unrivaled urgency to get you back in business as fast as we can!
Whether it's a supermarket or department store, and whether the cause is a fire or a burst pipe, our team will work quickly to assess your cleanup needs and isolate the damage. SERVPRO Professionals are experienced in working with retailers to ensure that all surfaces, displays and merchandise are restored to preloss conditions so that you can re-open your doors as soon as possible.
Here is a list of some of the services we provide: Total Project Management, Inventory Control and Documentation, Facilities Cleaning and Restoration, Flooding and Water Damage Cleanup, Vandalism Cleanup, Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning, Mold Removal, Odor Removal, Smoke and Soot Cleanup, Document and Records Recovery, and Electronics/Equipment Restoration.
Call your local SERVPRO for more information about these services!
Restoring Contents, Post-Fire!
SERVPRO prides ourselves on being able to restore a variety of content after a fire; we do so using many different techniques to ensure your belongings are free from soot and malodors!
Philadelphia Area SERVPRO Professionals specialize in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Their expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced.
They pretest your belongings to determine what items they can restore to pre-fire condition. They use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:
- Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
- Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
- Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
- Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
- Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
- Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.
Call your local SERVPRO franchise for more information about content restoration!
Safety: The Primary Focus After Flooding!
You have just came across a flood in your home or business, and although you may have a pretty good understanding of what you should do next, we want to let you know a few tips that you could follow until SERVPRO arrives.
Regardless of the kind of water damage situation you may be dealing with, your primary focus should be safety! Is it safe to stay in the house? Do you have any electrical and "slip and fall" hazards?
With so many unknown answers, you should only do activities that are safe for you to perform; if you plan on moving items, be careful — wet materials can be VERY heavy!
Call your local SERVPRO franchise to tackle your water loss — no matter how big or how small, SERVPRO has you covered!
Black Mold? Watch Out!
The following information was adapted from SERVPRO's corporate website:
Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.
But how do I tell if it is Black Mold?
Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualified mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure.
If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact a Philadelphia Area SERVPRO Professional immediately. Click here to find a SERVPRO Franchise.