With the weather continually dropping, frozen pipes become a concern that all homeowners should be aware of. Aside from the lack of running water, frozen pipes are dangerous because of their potential to burst. If they do burst it will create a larger ,more dangerous problem. Here are four signs that your pipes may have frozen:
- Low Temperature: Obviously the weather must drop down low enough for water to freeze. When the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit is when you should start to take precautions to avoid freezing pipes.
- Frost on the Pipes: This one may seem obvious as well but you should always be checking your pipes when it gets colder to continually check your pipes.
- No Water is Coming Out of the Pipes: If the water from your faucet is running low, just dripping or is completely dry then your pipes may be frozen.
- Strange Smells: When a pipe is frozen there is nowhere for the odor to go other then back where it came from. This is why you may be smelling an odd smell from your drains when you have a frozen pipe.
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After an emergency involving one's own property, whether it be a bad storm, fire or water damage, many properties need to be boarded up. Board ups are done to prevent the properties from incurring any further damage before the remediation process can begin. Board ups are one thing that should be left to the professionals. Most people are experiencing emotional trauma after an emergency involving their own property. By calling SERVPRO in for a board up, it relieves some of the stress and leaves our customers with time to deal with the accident on their own time.
Aside from the board up, we also can start the remediation and restoration process as soon as possible. Our services are available 24/7 and we always have a crew on call ready to assist in emergency situations. Give us a call today at 215-671-7777.
An Inside Look in to Our Sponsorships
Some of our office staff helping serve lunch during the ABC Eastern Clay Shoot.
Our owners, Sean McCabe and Mike McGrory, are the first people to lend a hand and help sponsor groups in our community. Although most sponsorships consist of money or a check, they believe there is a greater value to gain out of these experiences. That is why in place of a check, they supply lunch, volunteers, and/ or supplies. Whether they are providing lunch during an event in the community or at one of the local chambers of commerce or association groups, they barbecue and cook everything from scratch! Some of the office staff will then come and help serve the food and run the event. This type of sponsorship leaves lasting impressions on people in a way that goes way beyond a monetary value. We build connections with people in our community while supplying them with the best lunch they have ever had! We aren’t just saying that either, everyone always raves about Sean and Mike’s cooking. We find great joy in being able to give back to our community and to the groups we are apart of.
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This year SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton, along with other local SERVPRO Franchises, are hosting their 3rd annual Hydrating Heroes event at the Wells Fargo Center! This event celebrates the commitment of all of our First Responders and Community Heroes. What started out as a smaller event has grown tremendously over the past three years. So much that last year the event was moved to Lot C at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa. Hydrating Heroes is a tailgate event where breakfast is served, prizes are raffled away, and a multitude of cases of water are given away to the First Responder Community. Even though Hydrating Heroes is held in December of each year, we have heated tents to keep everyone warm!
Miller Keystones will also be back for a 3rd year as well hosting a blood drive on site. This event is open to all First Responders and blood donors.
Please contact Sean McCabe at email@example.com to RVSP.
Content and picture by: Sean McCabe from SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton
Benefits to Having a Commercial Cleaning
3 Benefits of Professional Commercial Cleaning
While taking out the trash and vacuuming every once in a while is good practice, having a professional cleaning service come out can be very beneficial for a business. Here are 3 of the benefits to having a service come out and clean your business.
- Reduced Spread of Diseases
The cleaner the business, the decreased chance there is for the spread of disease and sickness between employees. This means that most people will have to take less sick days. If there is an illness that is spreading in the office, it will eventually affect the business as a whole. Having your business deep cleaned can help keep your employees healthier and happier.
- Increased Employee Productivity
Employees are generally happier when they work in a workplace that is clean, fresh and free of dust and dirt that has begun to accumulate. Many businesses strive for a healthy work environment but overlook the simple things such as providing clean air. A routine clean will help keep your employees productive and fresh.
- Creating a Positive, Professional Appearance
A work environment that is dirty and unkempt is not a professional one. If your business doesn’t look clean, pristine or fresh many customers will not want to come back in. Many customers want to be in an environment that they are comfortable in and one that is not clean will not make anyone feel welcome. In order to keep your environment welcoming to employees and customers a professional deep clean routinely will help.
If your business is in need of a professional clean give SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton a call today at (215)-536-7989.
Content by: Danielle David, Marketing Manager
Large Loss Commercial Services
The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.
Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.
When attending many conferences we found that many people only associate us with residential services but we handle many large loss jobs as well. Our crew is trained both on how to handle small apartment losses up to huge commercial business losses.
At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO.
Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:
- The Hospitality Industry
- Property Managers
- The Pentagon
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This past week was National Fire Prevention Week. Every day we posted different fire safety tip sheets from the National Fire Protection Association’s Website. Today we shared information on how to stay safe in the kitchen.
“Cooking with Caution”
- Be on Alert. Do not cook if you are sleepy or have consumed any alcohol. This can potentially create dangerous situations. Do not use the stovetop or stove if you are under the influence.
- Be sure to stay in the kitchen while frying, boiling, grilling or broiling food. Always turn off the stove if you have to leave the kitchen, no matter how quick you may be.
- If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in your home while it is cooking, or use a timer so you do not forget about it.
- Be sure your kitchen is free of clutter and no loose items are near the stove. This reduces the chance of anything catching on fire.
If you have a small grease/ cooking fire and decide to fight the fire…
- On the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Leave the pan to covered until it is completely cool.
- If the fire is inside the oven, shut the oven off and keep the door closed.
If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire…
- Just leave the house! When leaving be sure to close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
- Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from outside the house.
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Mold growth can happen in as little as 48 hours and can quickly become a huge problem in your business or home. Whether it is caused by a leaky pipe, water intrusion, or a roof leak, mold will grow if things like this are not taken care of quickly. Mold not only can cause damage to your property but also can cause health effects. Luckily our SERVPRO crew has the tools, training, and equipment to handle any mold job.
What To Do If You Discover Mold:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system.
- Contact us for mold remediation services.
What NOT To Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Do not blow air across any surface with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Do not spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
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"Mold Removal" vs. Remediation
Many people do not know that there is a difference between “mold removal” and remediation. Mold spores exist naturally everywhere, both indoors and outdoors, as they are microscopic. This means that removing 100% of mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration companies will advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee they can completely remove all mold. This is simply not true.
Qualified restoration companies understand the science behind mold growth and the make up of mold. All SERVPRO franchises provide thorough training on how to properly remediate mold. The remediation of mold focuses on getting the levels of mold back to natural and normal levels.
Since every mold damage scenario is different, each requires a different solution but our general mold remediation process stays consistent.
- Step 1: Emergency Contact to your local SERVPRO Franchise
- Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
- Step 3: Mold Containment
- Step 4: Air Filtration
- Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
- Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
- Step 7: Restoration
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Water Damage Emergency Tips
When an emergency happens people tend to panic and sometimes do not have the proper tools to calmly deal with the situation. When water affects your house whether it be due to a heavy storm or a broken water heater it is always good to be informed on what to do next.
As in any emergency, safety should be you number one concern, and a water damage situation is no different!
- “Is it safe to stay in the house?” This should always be the first question you ask yourself. If the water damage has any potential to put you or your family at risk, then leave the house.
- Electrical and “slip and fall” hazards are some of the most common concerns. Be sure to shut off an power source it is safe to do so safely.
- Wet materials can be very heavy, so be careful when moving them.
- Be sure to only do things to your house that are safe for you to do and leave the rest to the remediation crew.
Content by: SERVPRO Corporate