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SERVPRO's "1-4-8" Rule!

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

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! 

Commercial Cleaning Needs? Call SERVPRO!

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

Do you need someone to protect your business and clients when restoring your property? SERVPRO has got you covered!

We service a ton of different facilities, such as: multi-level commercial buildings, multi-tenant facilities, small office buildings, shopping malls, apartment complexes, hotels, industrial facilities, and more!

Our experience has no limits — check out everything we specialize in: total project management, facilities cleaning and restoration, flooding and water damage cleanup, biohazard remediation, odor removal, air ducts and HVAC cleaning, mold removal, smoke and soot cleanup, document and records recovery, vandalism cleanup, post-construction cleanup, and much more!

What’s even better? Our professionals are available to touch base on your property 24/7, every day of every year! We strive to help remediate any damage, regardless of the cause, scale, or size of your facility or property!

Why choose us? We know that damage to the properties you manage could leave your tenants displaced or your client's business out of commission indefinitely. Our professionals work efficiently to minimize the disruptions and restore your facility to preloss conditions as soon as possible.

Here Is What You Can Do, Within Your Home Or Property, After A Fire!

10/17/2020 (Permalink)

Experienced a fire and don’t know what to do now? Here’s a good place to start:

First and foremost, limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets. You should your keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork. Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.

Furthermore, if your electricity is off, you should empty your freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open. This will prevent food from spoiling and being wasted. Next, clean and protect chrome fixtures with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.

Next, wash houseplants on both sides of leaves, change your HVAC filter, and tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers. If you follow some of these minor tasks, you will for sure limit the amount of damage that could develop in your home or property after a fire.

Commercial Services For You!

10/17/2020 (Permalink)

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!

Commercial Services - Property Management

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Services - Property Management

Here at SERVPRO, we're here for both residential & commercial buildings. 

Commercial buildings include, but are not limited to: healthcare, education facilities, & retail. 

One particular kind of commercial property will be the subject of my post today. Take a guess. It's in the title :) 

You got it: PROPERTY MANAGEMENT 

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, Property management is defined as: the management of land and buildings as a business, including keeping buildings in good condition and renting property.

Disaster can strike at any moment, and anywhere. A good chunk of facilities impacted involve property management. A good example of this would be a property manager of an apartment complex. They are in charge of the building, so they unfortunately have to deal with a lot of emergencies such as water or fire damage. 

What kinds of facilities do property managers manage? There are several kinds! Here's a couple examples:

1. Multi-level commercial buildings

2. Multi tenant facilities 

3. Small Office BUildings

4. Apartment Complexes

We work really hard at these type of facilities to make sure there's as little interruptions to tenants as possible. For example, we had an incident where there was water damage in a multi tenant office building. I mean, there were several kinds of offices in this building. Our team came in and got the job done without interfering with the other tenants. We make sure we take care of your facility with care, but also with professionalism and quality work as soon as possible. 

We can do work ranging from odor removal all the way to total project management. We can do that and more! We are available 24/7, so if a water damage occurs at 2:00AM in a tenant office, give us a call! 

Here at SERVPRO of Upper Bucks, we are ready to help in any sized disaster at any time! We work with property managers and be sure that they are 100% satisfied with the work put in. Our professionalism and fast-paced work helps minimize interruption for property managers during this stressful time.

Have any questions or need anything? Give us a call at 215-671-7777.

"Like it never even happened."

Restoring Contents, Post-Fire!

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

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!

Fire Loss - Start To Finish

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

Many people know SERVPRO as a leader in the fire and water restoration industry; but we are wondering if they know what it actually takes to take on a fire loss from start to finish.

Here's a breakdown of how we do it:

1) One of the biggest things we hope to accomplish at a fire loss is to provide our board up service; if the property needs to be boarded up, we'll be able to make sure that anything (or anyone) won't be able to get inside your home or property.

2) The next step would be, after it is deemed safe to enter the property, is packing out all of the contents, returning it to our facility, then beginning the cleaning process. Depending on how soiled your content is, it will undergo a series of washes to ensure they are good to go.

3) We'll examine the property to see if there is any demolition needed — if there is, we make sure that all of the excess debris and clunks of rubble is removed before we start sanitizing the home.

4) Our experienced technicians scrub every crack and crevice of your property to ensure quality, working from top to bottom (to avoid missing spots), and with the determination to do a great job — we love what we do!

5) The cleaning process could take time; once it is completed, the area needs time to dry and be ready for living conditions.

6) Then, before you know it, it'll be a sunny Saturday morning, you'll be back on your favorite chair eating your favorite bowl of cereal, and you'll be happy you called SERVPRO to take care of your property while you were gone.

"Like it never even happened."®

SERVPRO Can Handle Your Commercial Cleaning!

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

If you own a business, you know that there is very little time to worry about the common wear and tear that inhibits your office. It may often be an afterthought, being that there are always bigger fish to fry than dealing with a squeaky wheel on one of your office chairs.

However, grime and odor can many times go beyond the scope of your currently employed janitorial services. Just like moisture, these detrimental affects can grow deep within your building’s foundation, far from sight of the naked eye.

*In walks SERVPRO*

Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning your floors or carpets, SERVPRO has you covered! You wont have to worry about your workspace looking at its very best, your local SERVPRO franchise will get the job done right and will get it done quickly, too!

For all of your commercial cleaning needs, call SERVPRO — TODAY!

How Exactly Does Smoke Damage a House?

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

A house fire in itself can set a whole family back for a long time and is an experience that is traumatic in itself. Most people who have to experience this are dealing with the emotional consequences and not thinking about all the work that will go in to cleaning their house after the fire. The impact the smoke itself leaves after a fire is almost just as damaging as the fire itself. Some unexpected issues many people look over when dealing with smoke are as follows:

  • Odor: While showing signs of fire damage, the surfaces of your home, specifically fabrics, may also hold a smoky odor. This occurs when the carbon particles, which the smoke produces, are deposited on to the many surfaces around the home.
  • Discoloration: After a fire occurs the effects of the smoke damage appear on walls and ceilings as stains or patches of discoloration. After a few days these areas may start to turn yellow. Many porous surfaces such as granite, marble and travertine will usually suffer from permanent discoloration from the acidic residue found in the soot.
  • Interior Damage: Smoke damage can be more serious then what the visible eye can see. Many times smoke damage will also impact the structure, framing, wall studs, insulation and air ducts in a home. If soot enters the HVAC system it can cause respiratory problems and the smoky odor will continue to be present.

These are just a few ways that smoke can affect your home when a fire has broken out. The electrical units along with all metal hardware, are other things that should also be checked for damage after a fire. Knowing the scope of how severe fire and smoke damage can be will only help you better prepare if you ever come face to face with a household fire.

Benefits To Have Commercial Cleaning!

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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

Our Board Up Services!

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

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.

Be Ready for Any Emergency Coming your Way!

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

What do you do to prepare for a snowstorm this winter?

A huge snowstorm is on the radar? What do you do in case of a blizzard or extreme cold? There are ways to properly prepare for this kind of weather, so everyone involved is safe! These strategies implemented will assist in making sure you have all the necessary items for these situations, who to call, etc. 

We're here to help! First things first, always put together a communication plan for family or employees. This is so everyone knows the best form of contact with each other, where to go once disaster strikes, and simply what to do when this happens.

According to Ready.gov, you should always be prepared with an emergency kit that will contain essential items one would need in a disaster situations. This kits would contain items such as: one gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days, food, battery powered radio, first aid kit, and more! These type of items are extremely important to have in an emergency situation. In a horrible blizzard you may lose power, then how would you see in the house? Pack a flashlight in your kit. 

Listed on Ready.gov are the important items needed in an emergency situation: 

1. Water (1 gallon per person per day)

2. Food

3. Battery powered radio

4. Flashlight

5. First Aid 

6. Extra batteries

7. Maps

More listed on ready.gov! 

OK, my emergency kit is ready...now what? 

Well, now you must prepare your property. What does that mean? 

Keep warm air inside! This means keep the house as warm as possible. If the air drops too low, and your house can't remain warm, that will not be fun. 

Part of being prepared means understanding where things are, and how to shut them off. For instance, what if you use a space heater incorrectly by putting it too close to an object and that object catches on fire? DON'T PANIC! You prepared for this...you showed everyone in the family how to use a fire extinguisher. PHEW, close one!!!

The situation listed above is a good example of how to be prepared. The damage could have been a ton worse if the parties involved didn't know how to use a fire extinguisher. Knowing this information as well as know where water shut offs are will be important information to know. For instance, you're going on vacation to Hawaii during the month of January where it expects to get VERY COLD. Lucky you for getting to go to Hawaii. You should probably shut off your water to avoid freezing pipes. You're already running late for your flight and you need to do this one last thing: turn off the water. But WAIT, you learned where the water shut off is and how to shut it off, so you turn it off quickly, run out the door, and make your flight. It's that easy!

Congratulations, you learned some ways to prepare for the cold!! But, that's not it! There's so much more you can learn...stay tuned for our next blog! We'll tell you some more strategies on how to be prepared this winter.

For your home or business, you can implement our Emergency Readiness Profile (AKA ERP). With this we will put together an organized list of who to call, where all utility shut offs are, important insurance information & more!  SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton is Faster to Any Sized Disaster and with this ERP, you can minimize damages to your home or property. How though?! You'll learn in future blogs :) 

Call SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton at (215)536-7989 if you need us, we'll make any damage look "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Cleaning Checklist

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

Every business should be taking measures to keep their building clean even if they do not employ a professional cleaning service. It can become hard to keep track of exactly what you should be cleaning regularly. Here is a checklist to make it a little easier to ensure your workplace stays neat and tidy.

  • Monthly Cleaning List:
    • Dust all surfaces in the office
    • Clean the fabric chairs
    • Vacuum all fabric chairs, vents
    • Deep clean all surface areas
  • Weekly Cleaning Lists
    • Sponge all glass windows, both on the outside and inside
    • Clean the refrigerator
    • Disinfect all trash bins
    • Buff and polish all hardwood surfaces, including conference tables, floors, etc.
  • Daily Cleaning Lists
    • Empty waste bins and add liners
    • Vacuum daily debris from all floors
    • Clean painted surfaces as well
    • Wipe baseboards, light switches and door handles
    • Clean all reflective surfaces, mirrors and brass
    • Put some room freshener down after cleaning

How Exactly Does Smoke Damage a House?

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

A house fire in itself can set a whole family back for a long time and is an experience that is traumatic in itself. Most people who have to experience this are dealing with the emotional consequences and not thinking about all the work that will go in to cleaning their house after the fire. The impact the smoke itself leaves after a fire is almost just as damaging as the fire itself. Some unexpected issues many people look over when dealing with smoke are as follows:

  • Odor: While showing signs of fire damage, the surfaces of your home, specifically fabrics, may also hold a smoky odor. This occurs when the carbon particles, which the smoke produces, are deposited on to the many surfaces around the home.
  • Discoloration: After a fire occurs the effects of the smoke damage appear on walls and ceilings as stains or patches of discoloration. After a few days these areas may start to turn yellow. Many porous surfaces such as granite, marble and travertine will usually suffer from permanent discoloration from the acidic residue found in the soot.
  • Interior Damage: Smoke damage can be more serious then what the visible eye can see. Many times smoke damage will also impact the structure, framing, wall studs, insulation and air ducts in a home. If soot enters the HVAC system it can cause respiratory problems and the smoky odor will continue to be present.

These are just a few ways that smoke can affect your home when a fire has broken out. The electrical units along with all metal hardware, are other things that should also be checked for damage after a fire. Knowing the scope of how severe fire and smoke damage can be will only help you better prepare if you ever come face to face with a household fire.

SERVPRO Large Loss Team

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

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.

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
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

Recently SERVPRO of Germantown has been called in to many schools during the Summer months to remediate mold growing in the classrooms. We have the experience and knowledge to handle any large loss presented!

Should a storm or major event strike, call (215)-848-8875

Content by: SERVPRO Corporate

Commercial Cleaning Services - Check Them Out!

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Have you looked around your office lately? What about your warehouse, or where most of your employees congregate to get work done or to eat lunch?

Have you noticed grime, dirt, moisture, or odors in certain areas that you think will shine a negative light on your workplace?

Don’t worry — SERVPRO can handle ALL of your commercial cleaning needs!

We tackle these problems at their core, offering cleaning services that pertain to: air ducts and HVAC, ceilings, floors and walls, sewage, biohazard, drapes and blinds, trauma and crime scene, carpet and upholstery, odor removal, and last but not least, vandalism!

No matter your worries or the mess that needs to be cleaned, SERVPRO will arrive promptly with the will to wash away all of your problems! Give us a call to schedule one of our skilled technicians to come out to your property to assess your concerns — we won’t leave until you’re satisfied!

The Makeup of Smoke

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

There are several components that make up smoke. Learning about these components can lead to a better understanding of just how badly smoke damage can be after a fire. Each part contributes a part to the odor a fire leaves. Particles are the partially or completely burned substances that can penetrate fabrics and surfaces. These can be toxic at times. Vapors are a fog-like, misty droplets that can become dangerous if one inhales or absorbs them. The third component is toxic gases. Although these are odorless, carbon monoxide is the most common gas that will result from a fire and is dangerous. Phosgene gas results from household products like plastics, vinyls, and other chemicals are burned. Hydrogen cyanide is a product of the burning and combustion of insulation, clothing, carpet, synthetics and plastics. Due to the complex makeup of smoke and all the different ways it can be produced, it is hard to get the smoky odor out of many household items unless cleaned by a professional service.

Content provided by: https://www.resolvebylowes.com/guidance/fire/how-smoke-damages-a-home/115000893728

Flash Floods!

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

We all get those “Flash Flood Warnings” on our phones during a heavy rain storm and most people don’t think much of it. Flash floods are actually very dangerous and can cause some serious damage. A flash flood is defined as a flood that develops in less than 6 hours. These floods can occur anywhere but are more prone to occur in areas that deal with poor drainage systems. Heavy rain in the main culprit for starting a flash flood but ice jams, dam failures and large amounts of snow melting can also cause one. Areas that are densely populated are actually most at risk for flash flooding as there is a lot of paved roads and less area for water to be absorbed. If you find yourself in an area where a flash flood is occurring or may occur try to get to higher ground and no matter how low the water looks, do not attempt to cross it. The scariest part of a flash flood is how fast the water can rise. If you do receive a flash flood warning this doesn't always mean there is one occurring at the time but there may be one that could occur.

If you find your house has been affected by water damage due to a flash flood or a heavy storm give SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton a call at (215)- 671-7777 today!

A Look Into Our Sponsorships

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

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.

Fall Storm Weather!

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

Meteorological fall began this past weekend on September 1st! The meteorological seasons are defined by the annual temperature cycles in groups of three months at a time. Hurricanes, tornadoes and snow are just a few of the weather types that fall brings. Many people associate summer with hurricane season but hurricane season is actually only halfway over. The Atlantic hurricane season officially ends November 30th so hurricanes are still of concern. This storm season lasts in to the fall because the atmospheric conditions are typically more favorable for a larger area of the Atlantic Basin. Not only do we still have to take precautions for hurricanes in the fall but this is also the considered the second season for tornadoes. The low pressures that the U.S. experiences in the fall can help set up the perfect recipe for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.

Be sure to take the necessary precautions to prepare your home for potential damage caused by the changing fall weather!

Content by: https://weather.com/science/weather-explainers/news/2018-08-28-meteorological-fall-begins-september-hurricanes-tornado

Flash Floods!

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

We all get those “Flash Flood Warnings” on our phones during a heavy rain storm and most people don’t think much of it. Flash floods are actually very dangerous and can cause some serious damage. A flash flood is defined as a flood that develops in less then 6 hours. These floods can occur anywhere but are more prone to occur in areas that deal with poor drainage systems. Heavy rain in the main culprit for starting a flash flood but ice james, dam failures and large amounts of snow melting can also cause one. Areas that are densely populated are actually most at risk for flash flooding as there is a lot of paved roads and less area for water to be absorbed. If you find yourself in an area where a flash flood is occurring or may occur try to get to higher ground and no matter how low the water looks, do not attempt to cross it. The scariest part of a flash flood is how fast the water can rise. If you do receive a flash flood warning this doesn't always mean there is one occurring at the time but there may be one that could occur.

If you find your house has been affected by water damage due to a flash flood or a heavy storm give SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton a call at (215)- 671-7777 today!

Content by: https://www.ajc.com/weather/everything-you-need-know-about-flash-flood/gkAop4v0kxRS6N2NJxKNFJ/

Be Ready for Any Emergency Coming your Way!

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

What do you do to prepare for a snowstorm this winter?

A huge snowstorm is on the radar? What do you do in case of a blizzard or extreme cold? There are ways to properly prepare for this kind of weather, so everyone involved is safe! These strategies implemented will assist in making sure you have all the necessary items for these situations, who to call, etc. 

We're here to help! First things first, always put together a communication plan for family or employees. This is so everyone knows the best form of contact with each other, where to go once disaster strikes, and simply what to do when this happens.

According to Ready.gov, you should always be prepared with an emergency kit that will contain essential items one would need in a disaster situations. This kits would contain items such as: one gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days, food, battery powered radio, first aid kit, and more! These type of items are extremely important to have in an emergency situation. In a horrible blizzard you may lose power, then how would you see in the house? Pack a flashlight in your kit. 

Listed on Ready.gov are the important items needed in an emergency situation: 

1. Water (1 gallon per person per day)

2. Food

3. Battery powered radio

4. Flashlight

5. First Aid 

6. Extra batteries

7. Maps

More listed on ready.gov! 

OK, my emergency kit is ready...now what? 

Well, now you must prepare your property. What does that mean? 

Keep warm air inside! This means keep the house as warm as possible. If the air drops too low, and your house can't remain warm, that will not be fun. 

Part of being prepared means understanding where things are, and how to shut them off. For instance, what if you use a space heater incorrectly by putting it too close to an object and that object catches on fire? DON'T PANIC! You prepared for this...you showed everyone in the family how to use a fire extinguisher. PHEW, close one!!!

The situation listed above is a good example of how to be prepared. The damage could have been a ton worse if the parties involved didn't know how to use a fire extinguisher. Knowing this information as well as know where water shut offs are will be important information to know. For instance, you're going on vacation to Hawaii during the month of January where it expects to get VERY COLD. Lucky you for getting to go to Hawaii. You should probably shut off your water to avoid freezing pipes. You're already running late for your flight and you need to do this one last thing: turn off the water. But WAIT, you learned where the water shut off is and how to shut it off, so you turn it off quickly, run out the door, and make your flight. It's that easy!

Congratulations, you learned some ways to prepare for the cold!! But, that's not it! There's so much more you can learn...stay tuned for our next blog! We'll tell you some more strategies on how to be prepared this winter.

For your home or business, you can implement our Emergency Readiness Profile (AKA ERP). With this we will put together an organized list of who to call, where all utility shut offs are, important insurance information & more!  SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton is Faster to Any Sized Disaster and with this ERP, you can minimize damages to your home or property. How though?! You'll learn in future blogs :) 

Call SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton at (215)536-7989 if you need us, we'll make any damage look "Like it never even happened."

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage in home. Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Philadelphia Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (215) 671-7777 

Restoring Your Philadelphia Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Building with SERVPRO vehicle Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Philadelphia commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Does Your Philadelphia Home Have A Mold Problem?

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (215) 671-7777

Philadelphia 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (215) 671-7777 

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

We are DEEMED ESSENTIAL!

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

Guess what? SERVPRO is still OPEN!

According to Governor Wolf's list of businesses exempt from closing, due to his efforts to slow the spread of this novel coronavirus, we have been deemed an essential business!

We have maintained our normal working hours (24/7/365), providing services to those who need the professionals at SERVPRO to tackle their disasters!

It's definitely been business as usual, and we want you to know that there is a lot of truth behind our "Here to Help" mindset; not only have we remained open during this difficult time, but we are even HIRING!

For more information on the vast services we provide, or want to learn more about our job opportunities, give us a call to discuss!

We Help Tackle Hoarding!

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

Yesterday, March 10th, we presented at the Community Associations Institute - Pennsylvania & Delaware Valley Chapter's, 2020 Spring Managers Symposium!

The event had time allotted for attendees to learn about a variety of insightful topics, like: various government affairs, preventing workplace harassment, how to avoid burnouts at the office, and our featured presentation, "Handling Hoarders in Your Association"!

It is imperative that we share information on this disorder, as people who are hoarding their possessions have a perceived need to save them — despite the fact that their living conditions could be seriously at risk.

We shared some ways to identify these issues, how to help ensure a peaceful resolution, and to focus on the well-being of the individual involved throughout the process; their safety is a major concern!

If you have any questions about our Hoarding services, or would like to know the next time we are presenting at an event, please give us a call!

Let Us PROACTIVELY CLEAN!

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of Coronavirus, we can perform proactive cleanup and disinfection services in non-contaminated areas to help keep your mind at ease.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces, such as: counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables at a minimum.

Do NOT forget to practice safe hygiene today — do your part in helping combat the spread of this sickness!

We take great pride in being able to assist the public in any way that we can; allowing our experienced technicians to tackle your disasters, whether it be clean-up or otherwise, will help keep your mind at ease during these troubling times.

CALL TODAY and ask about our EPS Certified disinfectants!
(215)536-7989

Cleaning Turn-Out Gear for FREE?!

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

As most of our followers know, we are always trying to find different ways to support our first responders.

To help with these efforts, we are rolling out a new promotion for our Turnout Gear Cleaning service:

If your fire department has never used our Esporta Wash Systems before, we will clean your first, FIVE (5) sets for FREE!

That's right — fire departments will now have the opportunity to see how much of a difference our Esporta machines actually make when it comes to thoroughly cleaning soiled turnout gear.

We make it a great priority to give back to our communities in any way that we can; assisting the great and brave people from our local fire departments through these efforts is a great way to do that!

Give us a call TODAY for more information!

Water Damage: Baseboards Get Wrecked!

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

When SERVPRO professionals get called out to deal with your water damage loss, we are tasked with finding out the root cause and what methods we can implement to remediate the issues and halt further damage from occurring.

We are often faced with determining how affected certain areas of your property are, and if it would be worth considering removing. Baseboards are often affected, as the area becomes soaked with damp water. 

Issues stemming from this usually mean that nails do not stay into place, and paint usually bubbles; these instances aren't the most appealing to deal with.

But have no fear! If you are one of those dealing with water damage, to baseboards or any other part of your home, we can assist you!

Give us a call to tackle any of your restoration needs!

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton: Water Restoration Specialists

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

The professional technicians that SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton employs take great care in ensuring that we exceed any and all expectations; we strive to get the job done right the first time around, so that you can get back to your normal life before the loss occurred!

We utilize different methods, techniques, and equipment to tackle water losses. From drying equipment, to machines that drain areas from water and debris, we truly are the one stop shop for all of your restoration needs.

Even in the midst of all the unknown, especially when you do not know how affected your property is thanks to your water loss, you can count on us to handle the issue!

For all of your restoration needs, choose SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton!

Are You Prepared?

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

If a massive water loss swept into your life this very moment, do you think you would be prepared to handle that situation?

Often, many people do not understand the full multitude of a water loss situation until it is occurring to them. Without a clear sense of direction, further damage can impact your property.

That's why you have to call your local SERVPRO professionals to take care of you and yours! We take great care in ensuring everything is done correct the first time around!

We handle any size job and strive to exceed any and all expectations. There is truly no water loss too big, or too small; we can handle it!

For all of your restoration needs, call your local SERVPRO professionals today!

We Are HERE to HELP!

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

No matter the circumstance, our team of SERVPRO professionals can be deployed to your water loss 24/7/365. Our crew can be out scoping your property within a short time from the initial call, and we strive to bring a positive attitude when we arrive!

If a pipe burst, or you have major flooding, we don't fret to any size job. We possess the trained personnel and state-of-the-art equipment to tackle even the biggest of jobs.

We have a sincere confidence in our staff's abilities to exceed expectations and to provide excellent work to each and every one of our customers.

From the moment you pick up the phone to give us a call, to the moment the job is finished, you will not be disappointed.

For all of your restoration needs, call us today!

For water damage, give us a call today at 817.595.2506!

Water Damage: You're Not Alone!

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage in your home can always be a frightening situation to deal with by yourself. After all, you may not be equipped, both mentally and physically, to deal with it efficiently. This means that you may not know how to tackle the problem with the appropriate tools.

Fortunately for you, you don't have to worry about tackling any of your water damage alone. If you give us a call, we will be able to assist you every step of the way. We are here for you and want nothing more than to be able to make sure you get everything you want done and for the better!

We hope that you think of us during your time of need, because we know the struggles you may be enduring and want to help!

If you ever need water restoration services, you can rely on SERVPRO to get things done! 

Let Us Calm Your Worries!

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

It goes without saying: fire and soot damage can cause serious issues with your home or property. From lost belongings to after-fire damages, you will have a serious time trying to keep up with some of things that may have been lost because of it.

One thing you shouldn't have to worry about is how to clean up after your mess. That's where the pros at SERVPRO come into play. 

We can handle everything; from board-ups, to soot cleanup, to any aspect of a fire loss that needs restoration work. 

Do not hesitate to give us a call if you've been affected by a fire and don't know how to handle it. Our trained staff will be able to calm any worries you have because we'll get you back into your property "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Shines Through Storm Restoration!

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

Severe weather can strike during unforeseen, unfortunate times; we are typically never prepared for these instances are left to deal with storm water on our property.

The moisture caused from these storms seem to find even the slightest of weaknesses in properties, often finding way into residences with ease. Once there, damage in various areas could be inevitable and could cause issues down the line (like structural damages, for instance).

Dealing with all of these things could also burden whomever is left to clean up the mess, as there is usually always more than meets the eye in terms of water damage!

That's why you should call upon the restoration professionals at SERVPRO; we know how to tackle these types of jobs and can get your property back in working condition!

"Like it never even happened."

Why Exposed Plumbing Could Cause Issues

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

Exposed plumbing, during unusual cold fronts, could really suffer and cause unwanted damages to your home or business.

Here, in Eastern Pennsylvania, we definitely see all kinds of weather. But one thing that usually remains constant is that our winters are typically pretty cold; we deal with cold waves often, and a variety of other circumstances.

The issue with outdoor plumbing during these times is that they are going to be more likely to have pipes break due to the inclement weather. They are not only more susceptible, but they could cause some serious damage if left untreated for long periods of time.

If it ever gets to the point where the damages are extreme, you are going to need SERVPRO to come in and evaluate the best course of action. We guarantee that we will have your best interests in mind and will do whatever we can to make sure your disaster look "Like it never even happened."

Soot and Smoke: No Good!

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that smoke and soot can sometimes cause just as amount of damage as an actual fire?

Smoke and soot can live within many household items for long periods of time, rendering those items pretty useless until they are cleaned properly and free from any contaminants.

This means that your carpets, upholstery, or anything that smoke or soot could infiltrate would need a deep cleaning in order for them to be deemed safe to utilize. It is a difficult time — dealing with the aftermath of fires — but we want to make things easier for you!

You can call us and be sure that we will utilize all the proper mitigation tools to take care your fire loss to bring you back to working order! We have a ton of experience dealing with fires, as it is one of the cornerstones of our business.

We are available 24/7 for all your emergency restoration needs! Whether you have a fire on the weekend, or you need us in the middle of the night — you can count on us! (215)536-7989

We Handle Water Damage!

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

Here are some common causes for water damages that occur in both homes and commercial properties: plumbing system issues, leaking or burst pipes; malfunctioning household appliances; areas that are susceptible to water buildup (attics, basements, etc.), any HVAC issues, and the most common, natural disasters!

All of these instances can really put a pause on your every day dealings, causing you to miss out on events that matter — but that's where we come in!

Water damage can be a very frustrating issue to deal with by yourself, especially because it usually occurs unexpectedly and a great concern about the integrity of the property could stem from these situations.

There is a ton of importance in making sure that you are informed of the various ways water can put a damper on your property, so taking precautionary measures to limit those instances from occurring should always be on your mind.

One thing is for certain, though: if you ever have any water damage and need someone to get you back on track, you can be sure to call us to take care of it! We are available 24/7 and can get to you in a moment's notice!

Fire Loss — Start to Finish

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Many people know SERVPRO as a leader in the fire and water restoration industry; but we are wondering if they know what it actually takes to take on a fire loss from start to finish.

Here's a breakdown of how we do it:

1) One of the biggest things we hope to accomplish at a fire loss is to provide our board up service; if the property needs to be boarded up, we'll be able to make sure that anything (or anyone) won't be able to get inside your home or property.

2) The next step would be, after it is deemed safe to enter the property, is packing out all of the contents, returning it to our facility, then beginning the cleaning process. Depending on how soiled your content is, it will undergo a series of washes to ensure they are good to go.

3) We'll examine the property to see if there is any demolition needed — if there is, we make sure that all of the excess debris and clunks of rubble is removed before we start sanitizing the home.

4) Our experienced technicians scrub every crack and crevice of your property to ensure quality, working from top to bottom (to avoid missing spots), and with the determination to do a great job — we love what we do!

5) The cleaning process could take time; once it is completed, the area needs time to dry and be ready for living conditions.

6) Then, before you know it, it'll be a sunny Saturday morning, you'll be back on your favorite chair eating your favorite bowl of cereal, and you'll be happy you called SERVPRO to take care of your property while you were gone.

"Like it never even happened."®

Flooding: Stemming from Storms!

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

It would be completely normal if you ever experienced any type of flooding to your home or business; in fact, it is the most common and widespread type of natural disaster that Americans deal with every year. 

That is because you can be affected by floods no matter where you are from. Whether you live next to a river run-off, a lake, any shorelines, or if you found yourself in the middle of a city, flooding can always occur. 

Within the last five years, FEMA's research stated that all 50 states had reported flooding to some degree. That just goes to show the power of storms and flooding!

Do not take flooding lightly — even an inch of flood damage can cost you up to $27,000 worth in damages.

Water Damage Tips: Emergency Services!

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO professionals will do whatever we can to make sure you are prepared for any sized disaster — we will also assist you every step of the way if you are ever affected by one.

We will help you put plans in place to protect your home or business, as well as personal property and other contents, from further damage! The best way to accomplish this goal is to assess the home to determine how to begin extracting water without disturbing other areas of the home.

Once we begin the extraction process and prepare the area for drying, your property will be well on its way to returning back to its pre-disaster state.

You can count on your local SERVPRO professionals to tackle any of your restoration problems!

SERVPRO Does Ductwork!

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

One of the reasons our customers choose us for their duct cleaning: we are cost-efficient!

Heating, ventilation, and air condition unit (HVAC) inspections are all services we provide to our customers, and could help save you money in the long-run?

How, you ask? When SERVPRO cleans your HVAC system and your ductwork, you could potentially extend the lifespan of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak conditions! Less stress on your equipment could mean less maintenance, which keeps money in your pocket!

We use a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to accomplish these goals, removing years of dust and grime from your property!

For more information on duct cleaning services, please call your local SERVPRO professionals! 

Clean Homes Sell Faster — SERVPRO Can Help!

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

It is common knowledge that cleaner homes sell faster than ones that look like they need a good scrubbing. Potential buyers would probably prefer to purchase a cleaner house, especially if they'd like to move in sooner rather than later.

But, it is not common that all homes are maintained at the highest of standards; there could be years worth of dust, mold, and other contaminants around the home that could have never been cleaned by the homeowner. 

While keeping a cleaner home could increase its market value — and could reduce your list-to-sale conversion times — you should try to maintain a cleaner home for your health.

SERVPRO can assist you with all of your home cleaning needs; we have a variety of services that could help your home become anew!

- Carpet, Upholstery, Drapery, and Blind Cleaning

- Ceiling, Wall, and Hard Floor Cleaning

- Deodorization

- Duct and HVAC Cleaning

- Mold Mitigation and Remediation

If you need any of the above services, call us today!

SERVPRO Open 24/7/365

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Our staff is available 24/7/365, allowing us to be ready for any sized disaster at any time of the day, at any point during the year! 

We pride ourselves on the fact that we can quickly dispatch a crew of SERVPRO professionals soon after we receive a call to a job.

And not only that, we are available to you when others may not — yes, that means during the holidays and odd hours!

We want to make sure that we are able to assist you when you need us most, and our nonstop availability is just one of the many ways we strive to make that happen.

From fire and water restoration, to mold mitigation, to much more, we can tackle any sized disaster with the will to make your damages look like they never even happened!

If you are in need of any of those services, or want to learn more about SERVPRO, give your local franchise a call TODAY!

Ice Jams: What Are They?

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

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!

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

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!

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

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!

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

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!

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

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!

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

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!

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

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!

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

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!

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

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!

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Commercial Mold Remediation Services

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.

Furthermore, mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO Professionals can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building.

Next, they will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. They have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition.

We offer a variety of services, all of which is conducted by one or more of the following individuals:

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician

If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call a SERVPRO Professional, who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation!

There is NO Storm Damage too Large for SERVPRO!

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO possesses the ability to send out highly skilled water damage specialists to your large storm loss, at any point during the day, 24/7.

We pride ourselves on this fact, as we are always faster to any size disaster. Our guys have a ton of experience in water and storm damage restoration, which we believe is the cornerstone of our business.

Because we spend a great deal of time training our staff, we are able to confidently send you technicians that will enable you to get back to normal as fast time allows. If you think your loss is too large, though, do not fret!

SERVPRO has a national network of over 1,700 franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the country.

With a fleet like that, choosing SERVPRO should be a no-brainer — call SERVPRO for your entire storm and water damage restoration needs!

Here is what you can do, within your home or property, after a FIRE!

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

Experienced a fire and don’t know what to do now? Here’s a good place to start:

First and foremost, limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets. You should your keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork. Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.

Furthermore, if your electricity is off, you should empty your freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open. This will prevent food from spoiling and being wasted. Next, clean and protect chrome fixtures with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.

Next, wash houseplants on both sides of leaves, change your HVAC filter, and tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers. If you follow some of these minor tasks, you will for sure limit the amount of damage that could develop in your home or property after a fire.

Sewer Water Categories: A Breakdown

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

There are three types, or “categories”, of contaminated water: clean water, gray water, and black water. We will provide a brief description of each, below:

Category 1 – Clear Water: this water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated quickly, this water can turn into category 2 or 3, depending on length of time, temperature, and contact with surrounding contaminants.

Category 2 – Gray Water: this water is contaminated and could cause discomfort or illness. Examples include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

Category 3 – Black Water: this water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

Call your local SERVPRO if you see ANY of these types of water in your property — let us do our job so you can focus on yours!

Commercial Cleaning Needs? Call SERVPRO!

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

Do you need someone to protect your business and clients when restoring your property? SERVPRO has got you covered!

We service a ton of different facilities, such as: multi-level commercial buildings, multi-tenant facilities, small office buildings, shopping malls, apartment complexes, hotels, industrial facilities, and more!

Our experience has no limits — check out everything we specialize in: total project management, facilities cleaning and restoration, flooding and water damage cleanup, biohazard remediation, odor removal, air ducts and HVAC cleaning, mold removal, smoke and soot cleanup, document and records recovery, vandalism cleanup, post-construction cleanup, and much more!

What’s even better? Our professionals are available to touch base on your property 24/7, every day of every year! We strive to help remediate any damage, regardless of the cause, scale, or size of your facility or property!

Why choose us? We know that damage to the properties you manage could leave your tenants displaced or your client's business out of commission indefinitely. Our professionals work efficiently to minimize the disruptions and restore your facility to preloss conditions as soon as possible.

Content Restored After Mold Exposure!

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, we understand that water and mold damage affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. Furthermore, to us, your home is more than just a structure in need of remediation or restoration; your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings are all inside and could be affected.

We try our best in ensuring that we restore all of these belongings, as they were once intended to help transform a house into a home; we strive to get them back to their original condition like it never even happened!

Most SERVPROs use very sensitive, but strong, cleaning techniques that restore your goods and place them back in appropriate, working order. We handle a ton of different items, clothing, electronics, etc., and we do not shy away from taking on challenges to ensure that our customers are ecstatic with the final, cleaned product.

For all your content restoration needs, call SERVPRO today!

Mold Content Restoration: Our Services!

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO handles many different types of content restoration jobs, most of which have to do with the following: dry cleaning, wet cleaning, spray and wipe cleaning, foam cleaning, abrasive cleaning, immersion cleaning, and more.

Here is a brief explanation of what each cleaning is utilized for:

  • Dry Cleaning: this is best used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning: this is quite an effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe: this method is effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning: this is used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning: an involved method that includes agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning: this method ensures that the dirty contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Through the above services, SERVPRO franchise professionals can restore your contents that are damaged by fire, water, mold, or more. Our expertise can help save you bundles of money while you are able to keep personal items that usually are not capable of being replaced. 

If you are in need of content restoration, trust SERVPRO — give us a call TODAY!

Back to Normal ... In a Flash!

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

One of the things SERVPRO prides ourselves on is the fact that we can restore your facility to preloss conditions. This is due, in part, by our desire to make every disaster look like it never even happened!

It does not matter if you own a home or business, a supermarket or department store, our team will work quickly to get you back living in the norm! We embrace difficult tasks, regardless of what causes a fire or a burst pipe, we will work diligently to assess your cleanup needs and isolate the damage.

Our 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.

We offer a ton of services, such as: 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, electronics/equipment restoration, and more!

Please do not hesitate to contact your local SERVPRO to take care of your loss!

How Does SERVPRO Tackle a Water Loss?

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, we understand that every water damage situation is not just a little different; we realize that they also all require a unique solution. In general, though, the process typically stays the same.

We follow steps through a diligent process that ensures that we are more than ready for more than just the “typical” water damage emergency.

From the moment you pick up the phone and speak to a SERVPRO representative, until the time our skilled technicians step foot on the site of your loss - we are here for you, until the job is complete!

Our commitment to turning your disaster into a distant memory perfectly seams together with our slogan, "Like it never even happened."

Give your local SERVPRO franchise a call when you need us; we will always answer the call!

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton makes safety a top priority

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

Instructor training three members of the SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton team in the Training Center SERVPRO Team taking the OSHA 10 Hour General Industry Course

Mike McGrory, SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton and FOCUS! Safety Training is passionate about safety.  Mike offers many courses as a certified instructor including the OSHA 10 hour General Industry.  This week Mike was able to train many members of the SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton team.

The team is fully prepared to be safe when providing service to our clients that have experienced damage to their homes and businesses.

Thunderstorm Facts - Heavy Storms!

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Is it safe to assume that at some point in our lives, we all looked up to the sky and watched the clouds? Has anyone ever pondered how much these giant, cotton-like objects actually weigh? Dennis Mersereau, from Mentalfloss.com, shines some light on this question.

“Water is heavy,” Mersereau says, “We look at clouds floating effortlessly through the sky and don’t think about the sheer amount of weight hanging above our heads.”

Downpours are truly a sight to see when they occur, but to think that what is hitting the roof of our vehicles or on top of our umbrellas could be coming down with much more force is straight-up mind boggling.

“One cumulus cloud can weigh more than 1 million pounds. When it comes to a billowing thunderstorm, though, the weigh can go up tremendously depending on how much rain it’s holding,” Mersereau continues, “we’re lucky the rain doesn’t all fall at once.”

Thunderstorm Facts - What are Updrafts?

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

According to Dennis Mersereau, from Mentalfloss.com, he defines the various stages and occurrences that go on during the course of a very strong thunderstorm, or during a stronger storm in general.

“Thunderstorms can inspire the entire range of human emotion with their vivid displays of nature’s fury,” Mersereau says, “they [storms] are used to set an ominous tone in spooky stories, even as they bring much-needed relief to parched fields or distressed humans on a hot day.”

Mersereau mentions updrafts as one of the key components to start up a storm, which are columns of warm air that quickly rise through the atmosphere, often packing a punch! It is worth noting that the size and force of an updraft is dependent upon the temperatures in the atmosphere, but they can easily exceed 100mph during strong storms.

Thunderstorm Facts - Types of Thunderstorms!

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

There are three different types of thunderstorms; all of which can be identified with a humbly trained eye. Dennis Mersereau, from Mentalfloss.com, breaks down each of the types of thunderstorms.

First, there are single-cell storms, which pulses up, rains for half an hour, and dissipates. Although it may seem pretty straight forward, these storms can cause heavy winds from its downdrafts that can trigger more storms in a chain reaction.

The second type of storm, and the most common one that contains squall lines, are called multi-cell thunderstorms. These storms have the possibility of becoming dangerous due to their squall lines, which are a narrow band of high winds and storms associated with a cold front.

The third and final thunderstorm, called a supercell storm, has a rotating updraft. The twisting updraft helps these supercell storms survive for many hours and produce more severe weather, like: large hail, higher winds, and strong tornadoes.

Some Storm Information!

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Some of the following information was taken from SERVPRO Restoration Newsline:

If you own a business, are an insurer, or manage a property or two, it is safe to assume that you strive to be a leader in your community and cling to every opportunity that is available for you to set an example for your employees, customers and community to follow.

This year, however, you should take National Preparedness Month (NPM) very seriously! Make sure that you join the people of your community in preparing for unfortunate emergencies and terrible disasters of all types.

You can even lead a few efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared, which will pay back 10-fold! As you may already know, “Disasters happen”, which ultimately devastate individuals and neighborhoods, including entire communities, bringing carnage to local businesses of all sizes.

Do you part and make sure your community is ready for the upcoming storms. Don't forget to give your local SERVPRO a call if you need assistance, too!

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton supports Philadelphia First Responders

9/1/2019 (Permalink)

female accepting a check on behalf of The Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation Robyn Colajezzi accepts a donation on behalf of The Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton supports Philadelphia Fire Departments.  Robyn Colajezzi serves on The Board of Directors of The Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation.  Robyn is seen here accepting a donation on behalf of The PFDF.

"My basement flooded, but what now?"

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

With rain sweeping through the nation, and throughout our region during the last month, SERVPRO wants to make sure you know what to do in the event of flooding or water damage to your home or business.

If you know the water is clean — being that the water is not contaminated with sewage water — feel free to remove as much excess water as possible. You can do this through blotting or mopping; if you have access to a sump pump, or a machine with the same functions, utilize the pump for a quicker, cleaner job.

Wipe all excess water from furniture, paintings, art objects, documents and other sensitive materials and move them to a dry location. You can even use wooden clothespins to pin up the skirts of your furniture (if applicable) to keep water from dripping onto other areas of your home.

Most importantly, there is no job that is too big for SERVPRO! If you think you may need a little help along the way, do not hesitate to give us a call for all of your floodwater removal needs!

Was your home affected by a fire? Read this!

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

It is no secret that house fires and everything that comes from these disasters are nothing short than devastating. While flames fill the home, smoke damage ensues deep within the fibers of everything within, causing most of the affected items to be destroyed and perishable.

Naturally, it is within our instincts to want to salvage as much as we can from wreckages such as these; if you have been affected by a house fire and wish to sort through the aftermath — and if your local fire department deems it safe to enter — it is important that you keep from furthering damages to your home, or your health.

Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into your upholstery and carpet. You should also work to keep your hands clean, as difficult as it may be, to keep soot off of your persons. Both of these precautions will prevent other locations of your home from being soiled by soot or other detrimental smoke particles.

SERVPRO is here to help! If you fear that you cannot adequately take care of your belongings, we can assist you every step of the way. Call your local SERVPRO franchise so that we can make your disaster look "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Can Handle Your Commercial Cleaning!

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

If you own a business, you know that there is very little time to worry about the common wear and tear that inhibits your office. It may often be an afterthought, being that there are always bigger fish to fry than dealing with a squeaky wheel on one of your office chairs.

However, grime and odor can many times go beyond the scope of your currently employed janitorial services. Just like moisture, these detrimental affects can grow deep within your building’s foundation, far from sight of the naked eye.

*In walks SERVPRO*

Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning your floors or carpets, SERVPRO has you covered! You wont have to worry about your workspace looking at its very best, your local SERVPRO franchise will get the job done right and will get it done quickly, too!

For all of your commercial cleaning needs, call SERVPRO — TODAY!

Commercial Cleaning Services — Check Them Out!

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Have you looked around your office lately? What about your warehouse, or where most of your employees congregate to get work done or to eat lunch?

Have you noticed grime, dirt, moisture, or odors in certain areas that you think will shine a negative light on your workplace?

Don’t worry — SERVPRO can handle ALL of your commercial cleaning needs!

We tackle these problems at their core, offering cleaning services that pertain to: air ducts and HVAC, ceilings, floors and walls, sewage, biohazard, drapes and blinds, trauma and crime scene, carpet and upholstery, odor removal, and last but not least, vandalism!

No matter your worries or the mess that needs to be cleaned, SERVPRO will arrive promptly with the will to wash away all of your problems! Give us a call to schedule one of our skilled technicians to come out to your property to assess your concerns — we won’t leave until you’re satisfied!

Managing Mold!

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

A message from SERVPRO:

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, there are over 100,000 forms of fungi that have been identified in the world. Some of these forms of mold can add value to our lives; however, exposure to certain types of molds can affect our lives in a negative way, presenting several health concerns.

Mold is typically formed due to an intrusion of water inside your home or place of business. These intrusions may include flooding or a result from inclement weather, but when they are not address immediately, there is an increased risk of harmful mold growth — a lot that you cannot even see!

We want you to take precautions, especially due to the massive amounts of rainwater that has been flushing its way through our nation/region. Be alert for the presence of visible mole, strong musty odors, any evidence of past moisture problems that might cause more mold growth, or excessive humidity.

You may not be comfortable enough to tackle these types of concerns head on, but that’s why we’re here to help. Among the many specializations we pride ourselves on, SERVPRO tackles mold with confidence and the quickness! If you fear that you have been affected by mold, don’t wait and compromise your health — call your local SERVPRO franchise!

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton gets there fast

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton will arrive quickly to provide emergency services

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton will be to your Philadelphia location in a hurry to help you deal with your building emergency.

SERVPRO® is strategically positioned throughout the nation to be faster to any-sized disaster. More locations mean faster response! SERVPRO® is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton is READY

7/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton is READY

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton is READY
SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton is always ready to help when disaster strikes, but also knows the importance of ensuring home and business owners are “Ready for whatever happens.”
The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile (ERP) is a no-cost readiness plan that is designed to help home and business owners recover for a disaster faster, which saves both incident response time and recovery costs. The no-cost ERP mobile app allows ERP data to be stored on a smartphone, allowing for quick access to help.

Torresdale Philadelphia - Did You Know ?

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

The Frankford Avenue bridge over the Poquessing Creek bordering Torresdale

Torresdale, also formerly known as Torrisdale, is a neighborhood in the Far Northeast section of Philadelphia. Torresdale is located along the Delaware River between Holmesburg and Bensalem Township in neighboring Bucks County.

The adjacent confluence of the Poquessing Creek with the Delaware River had been favored by William Penn's surveyor, Thomas Holme, as the site for the city that Penn planned to found. Although a more southerly site was finally selected, Holme and others acquired property there, where he is buried.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torresdale,_Philadelphia

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Water-Damaged Documents? We'll Make It "Like It Never Even Happened"

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Once there is a flood in your home or office, you may think there's no fixing or replacing all the documents that were damaged in the water. That's different now with SERVPRO Vacuum Freeze Drying.

Vacuum freeze drying is the most efficient and effective way to salvage any water-damaged documents. This process uses sublimation versus dehumidification. Sublimation turns a solid directly into vapor, skipping the liquid stage to avoid more damage to the documents.

SERVPRO's method is the only one approved by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the General Services Administration, and to offer more comfort, all employees of the Document Restoration Team are HIPAA Master certified.

If you recently suffered a flood and lost precious documents, please call us at SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton and we will gladly restore them.

American Red Cross holds their annual, Philadelphia Boots and Badges Blood Drive

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

The American Red Cross held their annual, Philadelphia Boots and Badges Blood Drive in June, which is said to be a “friendly contest with a serious purpose.”

Channel 6: Action News, of Philadelphia, PA, covered this annual competition, reporting that different police departments, in and around Philadelphia, compete to see who can recruit the most eligible blood donors.

This year, the police-training academy in Northeast Philadelphia served as the location of the contest. Here, a number of officers were more than willing and able to give blood to an important cause.

There were many people present for this year’s “blood battle”, almost topping last year’s total (177 donors).

For more information about blood drives, or to find one near you, please visit: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive?scode=RSG00000E017&cid=nonbrand&med=cpc&source=google&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIns2t6pGU4wIVEZ-fCh1uJw4DEAAYASAAEgI3R_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Parkwood Philadelphia - Did You Know ?

6/9/2019 (Permalink)

Parkwood Philadelphia

Parkwood is a neighborhood located in the Far Northeast section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The neighborhood's boundaries include the Byberry East Industrial Park to the north and northwest, Poquessing Creek to the east, Knights Road to the southeast and Woodhaven Road to the southwest. The neighborhood was developed by Hyman Korman in the 1960-62 as a planned residential community. The predominant housing type is the brick row house. The Parkwood Shopping Center is a local shopping destination, while the Philadelphia Mills mall is a regional shopping destination on Knights Road to the east of Parkwood's residential area.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkwood,_Philadelphia

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SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton on site cleaning after a school fire

6/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton cleaning a school after a fire

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton is a proud supporter and restoration business partner of the PSBA, Pennsylvania School Board Association.  Many schools count on us to help them in their time of need.  We have a highly trained staff and the resources needed to help schools recover efficiently.  When we arrived on site we found a school with significant damage throughout the entire structure. This project will require a staff of 60-80 technicians supervised by certified restoration managers and project managers. The project is estimated to be a 6 week project and will have the school reopened in time for the beginning of the 2019/2020 schedule.  We appreciate schools trusting us to be the Brand that helps them recover.

Somerton - Did You Know ?

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Someone Philadelphia

Somerton is a neighborhood in the Far Northeast section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The neighborhood is bounded by Red Lion Road on the south, Roosevelt Boulevard on the east, East County Line Road and Poquessing Creek on the north, and the Philadelphia County / Montgomery County line on the west. Somerton is adjacent to the Philadelphia neighborhoods of Bustleton, Normandy, and Byberry, the townships of Bensalem and Lower Southampton in Bucks County, and Lower Moreland Township in Montgomery County. The area is home to a large and fast-growing foreign-born population, most notably of Russianand Indian immigrants.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somerton,_Philadelphia

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Bustleton - Did You Know ?

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Bustleton Philadelphia

The Bustleton section of Northeast Philadelphia is located in the Far Northeast, north of Rhawnhurst and Fox Chase and south of Somerton; sitting between Roosevelt Boulevard to the east, the city boundary to the west, Red Lion Road (PA-63) to the north, and Pennypack Park to the south, it is centered at the intersection of Grant Avenue and Bustleton Avenue (PA-532) and is completely included in the 19115 postal ZIP code.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bustleton,_Philadelphia

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Important Home Sprinkler Information!

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

From the United States Fire Administration:

Community residents need to know that home fires can become deadly within two minutes or less. They burn hot and grow quickly, spreading flames, deadly smoke and heat throughout a home. Two minutes isn't much time to escape. This is especially true for older adults, young children and people with disabilities who can’t get out as quickly.

There may be a lot of misinformation about fire sprinklers in your community. Remind residents that home fire sprinklers detect a fire and control it automatically. The sprinkler puts water on a fire while it's small, controlling the amount of heat, flames and poison smoke. Home fire sprinklers give families and their pets time to get out.

The U.S. Fire Administration suggests visiting HFSC’s (Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition) website for resources that discuss the importance and functionality of fire sprinklers. Please check out this link and spread the message! https://homefiresprinkler.org/new-resources/

Palisades Community Foundation 5K Challenge

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

This Saturday, May 18th, SERVPRO will be in attendance for Palisades Community Foundation's 5K and Community Fair, which will be held on Palisades High School's All-Purpose Track and surrounding campus.

We will be located underneath our SERVPRO tent, providing shade for patrons, bottled water to cool off, and a Gold Medal creation-station for the kids!

The Community Fair takes place after the 5K’s award ceremony, where vendors will be set up offering FREE health screenings, a wide variety of foods and beverages, fun and games, and more!

This event is for all ages and will occur rain or shine — come out for a day filled with fun activities for the entire family.

For more information, please visit: Palisades Community Foundation 5K Challenge

SERVPRO Aids Convoy of Hope!

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

On Saturday, March 27, SERVPRO of Germantown participated at the community event, Convoy of Hope, which was held at Hunting Park in Philadelphia!

SERVPRO provided a resting area under our tent for First Responders and other patrons to relax during the day’s festivities, as well as several generators to power the event, around 80 cases of specially branded, SERVPRO water, and dumpsters/trashcans that were distributed throughout the park for the Convoy!

This event was eye opening for our staff, as thousands of people funneled in throughout the course of the day to take advantage of the opportunities the Convoy of Hope had to offer. Patrons had access to FREE clothes, shoes, food, haircuts, breast cancer screenings, a job search tent, and much more!

SERVPRO is extremely humbled to have partnered with an international, humanitarian-relief organization in order to give back to the community; we are grateful to have assisted them and applaud them for their driving passion to feed the world through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreach, and disaster response.

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton: Citizen's Police Academy Graduates!

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

On Tuesday, April 23rd, our employees, Robyn M Colajezzi and Rob D'Emilio Jr., graduated from Quakertown Police Department’s, Citizen’s Police Academy.

Over the course of 8 weeks, students gained knowledge of: the police department’s K9 Unit and Special Response Team, self-defense tactics, firearms training, and much more, before shooting pistols at the police department’s firing range.

The culmination of the academy was bittersweet, for the friendships made and lessons learned will always be a constant reminder of the great experiences we’ve had while enrolled in this “fraternity”, as Chief Scott McElree called it at the graduation ceremony.

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton would like to thank the Quakertown Police Department for allowing our staff to take part in the academy, as well as Chief Scott McElree and Sgt. Steven Stoneback for offering this wonderful opportunity to the public.

We highly suggest registering for next year’s academy — we’ll see you there!

SERVPRO to Host FREE Continuing Education Courses!

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is hosting TWO FREE Continuing Education Courses, as well as a complimentary breakfast, lunch, and game of golf for all attendees! Where: Hilton Garden Inn located in Fort Washington (see attached flier for address) When: Thursday, May 9th from 7:30am to 12 noon Classes Offered: Mitigation Awareness and Response, 2 Credits (120264) AND Restoring Contaminated Building, 2 Credits (120258) These courses are designed to assist insurance agents and adjusters in understanding what to expect from a good restoration professional, as well as special procedures used when responding to storms and large loss situations. If enjoying a beautiful day, eating free food, playing a free game of Golf, and taking free Continuing Education courses is something you’d love to be a part of, be sure to reach out to Robyn Colajezzi at robyn@148response.com, or call (267) 227-0748 to register! 

Phillies Contest Winner, Donald J. Smith!

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Yesterday afternoon, Rob, Digital Marketing Manager at SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton, met with Donald J. Smith, the winner of our Philadelphia Phillies Ticket Giveaway. Donald won five tickets for this Saturday’s game against the Marlins, and will be taking his great nephew to his first ever Phillies game!

We asked Donald to come prepared for a few pictures, and he showed up like a true, Phillies fan should — decked out in Phillies gear!

We hope Donald and his family have a great time at the game and would like to thank all of those who have participated in this contest!

Go Phillies!

P.S. If you’ve participated in this contest and are disappointed you did not win, don’t worry! We will be announcing our next contest very soon! You DO NOT want to miss this next one! Spread the word…

FREE Stop the Bleed Event!

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

On Saturday, May 11th from 10am to 12pm, Richland Township Fire and Rescue is hosting a Stop the Bleed event which is FREE with registration. The training, food and light beverages will all be provided!

The training will be provided by Focus! Safety Training, who will teach the class techniques that will ultimately help save lives. All of which focus on stopping a person from bleeding, like correctly applying a tourniquet to their wound!

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton will be sponsoring this event, providing barbecue for all those who attend.

Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign that is designed to train people how to save lives in emergency situations that involve critical blood loss.

For more information involving this event, please email your questions to mike@focussafetytraining.com

SERVPRO Helps The Red Cross Recruit Students to Volunteer

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

April is National Volunteer month, recognizing the efforts of thousands of people who intend to positively impact an important cause. Here, at SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton, we strive to practice many forms of community service and are continuously humbled by the remarkable events we are able to help out with.

On Saturday, April 13th, Sean McCabe, co-owner of SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton, volunteered with The Red Cross on MCCC Pottstown’s Campus. Sean aided The Red Cross in pursuing students to volunteer and to spread awareness of opportunities in the area where they can lend a helping hand.

Thanks to Sean and The Red Cross, many students were able to learn about the importance of volunteering and the positive impact it has in our communities!

If you are interested in volunteering, please visit https://www.redcross.org/volun…/volunteer-opportunities.html to find out how you can volunteer and make a difference!

Commercial Fire Loss in Philadelphia

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton is always ready to load up and respond to any emergency situation. Today, we responded to a large, commercial fire site in Philadelphia, where our experienced technicians began to restore the property to its original state.

From the moment we become aware of a loss, down to the completion of the job, our staff is locked in every step of the way. It is during the morning briefs, the preparation of equipment, the drive to the loss, and to the arrival on site where our crew focuses on the tasks at hand to deliver quality, efficient restoration work.

So as we tackle this large loss today, and as we are ready do so in the future, SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton is committed to providing superior service — in every aspect of the job — GUARANTEED!

One Week Away from Phillies Giveaway Winner!

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

There is one week left to enter in our contest!

WIN Five (5) tickets to see The Phillies take on The Miami Marlins on Saturday, April 27, 2019!!!
TO ENTER:

1) Like this post
2) Like all three (3) of our Facebook Pages: 
@SERVPROofUpperBucks
@SERVPROofgermantown
@SERVPROppb

Please visit our Facebook pages for more information about this contest! We urge you to enter if you haven't yet!

** No Purchase Necessary to Enter or Win.
** This promotion/giveaway is in NO WAY sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook, The Philadelphia Phillies, The Miami Marlins and/or by Citizen’s Bank Park or any of its affiliates.
** Disclaimer: We do not own the rights to the images used in this flyer. The images used belong to their respective copyright holders.

Future Social Media Giveaways

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

To our Facebook community:

We would like to thank all of those who have been participating in our Facebook contests, hopefully having a great time doing so, too. In order for us to continue offering giveaways that appeal to everyone, we want YOU to tell us some giveaways you want to see in the future!

Our Instagram pages will be launching polls on their Stories, in hopes of gaining insight from the public, as to what types of prizes they might want to be included in upcoming contests. Make sure you FOLLOW OUR ACCOUNTS to participate in these polls!

Our Instagram handles are as follows:

SERVPRO of Upper Bucks: SERVPROofupperbucks

SERVPRO of Germantown: SERVPROofgermantown

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton: SERVPROppb

These polls will give us the opportunity to see what kind of prizes you’d like to win!

There is NO WRONG ANSWER! Each response will be recorded, but common/reoccurring suggestions will be placed into consideration for future contests!

We will be keeping an eye on our polls and can’t wait to see what you all come up with! Thank you!!!

- Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr. 

Kett-KSV 432 Vacuum Saws

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton, we are committed to excelling all of your expectations with our restoration services, striving to leave your properties cleaner than we left them. To help aid this goal, we’ve been implementing brand new, Kett KSV-432 Vacuum Saws on jobsites.

The cast, aluminum heads of these vacuum saws accepts your shop vacs, which controls the vast amounts of dust and debris that spreads from cutting drywall, fiberglass, plaster, and other materials. The saws are also very maneuverable, due to their lightweight design, making them the ideal tool for cutting in close quarters.

Our field technicians and production managers have been giving these saws great praise recently, one of them being Sean McCabe. “These tools are great for demolition jobs because although they are very efficient saws, they don’t leave any mess.”

SERVPRO strives to perform the necessary tasks to leave your properties in a better condition before we hand you back the keys; if you need demolition work or any restoration services, give your local, SERVPRO franchise a call TODAY!

- Content by Rob D’Emilio Jr.

Fire Weather Warning

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

ATTENTION: Fire Weather Watch 

AFFECTED AREAS: The Poconos, the Lehigh Valley, Berks County and Southeastern Pennsylvania. Also, Northwestern, Central and Southern New Jersey, as well as the entire state of Delaware. 

From 10:00am until 9:00pm, Wednesday, April 3.

Winds: West 20 to 25mph with gusts of 30 to 35mph.

Humidity: 20% to 30%

Temperatures: High 60s. 

Impacts: Gusty winds and very dry air will create conditions that may promote the rapid spread of wildfires. 

Like any other weather warning, instances such as these should be taken seriously and should be cause for concern, which warrants sufficient preparation to avoid and/or limit potential damages.

For more information about wildfire danger, burn restrictions, and wildfire prevention and education, please visit your state forestry or environmental protection website. 

No matter the weather or what nature throws your way, SERVPRO has your back! 

-Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr. 

SERVPRO Safety Tips: Space Heater Dangers

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Every year, over 25,000 house fires can be attributed to the incorrect usage of space heaters, according to Consumer Reports.

Fighting the cold weather using these machines can be safe — referring to NFPA’s (National Fire Protection Association) “Heater Checklist” will guide you into making the correct decisions to ensure a safe home/environment for your space heater to do its work.

Some of these tips include, but are not limited to:

  • When buying a space heater, make sure that the unit has a seal from a qualified testing laboratory on it.
  • Keeping children away from these heaters will limit bodily injury and poor usage of the units.
  • Make sure the unit is placed on a solid, flat surface.
  • Allow at least 3 feet of space between the space heater and anything else, including humans. Items that tend to catch fire are: curtains, bedding or upholstered furniture.
  • Turn off the units when you leave the room or before you go to bed.

If your property has been damaged due to a fire and you suspect that your space heater was the cause, call your local SERVPRO franchise for all of your restoration needs.

-Content by Rob D’Emilio Jr.

Gamma Irradiation

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

Gamma irradiation is a process used for cleaning/disinfecting and decontaminating documents or other consumer goods. In gamma irradiation, high-energy photons are emitted from an isotope source producing ionization throughout a product.

In a CAT 3 situation (sewage or flood water), documents are not only deteriorating but are also infected with all types of bacteria. In most storm situations, you are dealing with CAT 3 water; therefore, most of the affected documents that you will encounter these disruptions result in damage to the DNA and other cellular structures, These photon-induced changes at the molecular level cause the death of the organism or render the organism incapable of reproduction. The gamma process does not create residuals or impart radioactivity in processed products.

SERVPRO is always ready to help restore your documents and would be more than willing to assist you in any way that we can — give your local franchise a call for all of your restoration needs!

Vacuum Freeze Drying Wet Documents

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

As to be expected with flooding and water-damaged homes, important documents, like financial statements or paperwork, also get water-damaged and what is usually perceived as unsalvageable. However, SERVPRO offers services that can help you restore your important documents to reclaim their original form.

Utilizing our SERVPRO Vacuum Freeze Drying services is the most efficient and effective option for salvaging water-damaged documents. In fact, our Document Restoration Team uses the same techniques that the Library of Congress uses to dry water-damaged books!

The process, in which an item containing moisture, is frozen and dried using vacuums to achieve sublimation, from exerting a lot of pressure. Sublimation means that solids (ice) turn into gas (water vapor) without becoming liquid first. Think about the carbon dioxide derivation, dry ice; dry ice (solid) sublimates when it is exposed to normal atmospheric conditions, turning into gas directly from its solid stage.

If you have wet documents due to water damage, or have any questions regarding this process, contact your local SERVPRO Franchise today!

-Content by Rob D’Emilio Jr.

Local Flooding in Your Areas

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

With several inches of rain accumulating in our area, flooding is inevitable and can prove to be quite costly. In fact, in 2011, floods caused $8.41 billion in damages in the United States (LiveScience); in some degree, wherever rain falls, flooding can occur.

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton’s technicians are highly skilled in dealing with flooding of all sorts, assuring each homeowner that the job will be done correctly and efficiently. From start to finish, our staff and technicians will support you each step of the way — no loss is too big for us to tackle!

There are measures that you could take to help limit the severity of damages to your home or business caused by flooding; putting together an emergency kit for your family and creating escape plans if you are anticipating a high volume of flood water will definitely keep you ready.

Furthermore, keeping your internal assets, like your furnace, water heater and electrical panels, up off the ground will also limit the likelihood of flood-related damages.

-Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr., Statistics from LiveScience.com

Pennridge Chamber of Commerce's St. Patrick’s Parade and Celtic Fest

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

This passed Saturday, March 16th, the Pennridge Chamber of Commerce hosted the 4th Annual, St. Patrick’s Parade and Celtic Fest. The parade, beginning at Pennridge South Middle School, ended at the Sellersville firehouse where festivities took place.

We were excited to have two of our SERVPRO Storm Troopers make appearances during the parade, who were giving out candy and taking pictures with patrons. We are also pleased with the large amount of people inquiring about our services underneath our tent, before taking one of the free, SERVPRO tote bags to carry treats and gifts from the festival.

Sarah Liebel, our Community Outreach Manager, was able to connect with a lot of people in our area. “We had such a great time at Celtic Fest,” said Liebel, “there were many activities to participate in and people having fun.”

Our continued involvement in the Pennridge Chamber of Commerce’s annual parade has been an awesome experience every year and we can’t wait to participate again!

-Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr. 

Donating Citizen Care Bags

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

(From left to right) Robyn Colajezzi, Deputy Chief Johnson, Cherice Corley

On March 14th, SERVPRO of Germantown (SERVPROs of Pennypack/Bustleton & Upper Bucks) organized the assortment of 100 Citizen Care Bags and donated them to the Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation. From there, the Foundation will provide these bags to CAT Teams (Community Action Teams), whose specialists are chosen by the Fire Prevention Division, the Fire Code Unit and the Fire Marshal’s Office. These units assist the Fire Department’s ability to provide residents with fire protection care and aid 24/7/365.

SERVPROs own, Robyn Colajezzi, Director of Commercial Marketing and Development, met with Cherice Corley, president of the Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation, and Charles W. Johnson, Deputy Chief of the Fire Prevention Division, to hand off our Citizen Care Bags.

The Citizen Care Bags will be provided to fire victims after being secured, away from the fire. The bags contain water, snacks, first aid kits, socks, diapers and wipes, pacifiers, toiletries and other items that are organized in children and adult marked bags.

We are thrilled to be working with the Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation in order to help fire victims receive care, safety and Citizen Care Bags to relieve them of these unfortunate situations!

-Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr.

Water Damage Over Time

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Secondary destruction, due to an initial issue with water damage, is almost always inevitable if the appropriate, initial steps aren’t taken. Over time, water can cause your house to suffer from numerous issues. In fact, water damage can rapidly increase the owner’s claim costs in just a couple of minutes; moisture-sensitive furniture could start to turn white, or furniture that is resting on/in wet areas could begin to leach and stain the surrounding areas.

Within a few hours, any furniture that is resting in water will likely begin to swell and delaminate. Odors, which are typically considered normal for households, begin to become more apparent due to the humidity inside the property.

If left alone for days, warping and cupping of wood starts to become more noticeable, often leaving wooden floors unsalvageable. Wooden floors aren’t only affected, though, being that structural pieces (made from wood) begin to swell, warp and split apart. More possibilities include musty odors that could fill the property due to fungi development, or less abrasive instances where wallpaper adhesives start to peel away — just be sure to remove items that are being hung using this method to prevent further damage to those items.

Properties that go weeks without being tended to after water damage are liable to obtain a laundry list of issues. Mold starts to sink into organic material, ultimately ruining the integrity of said material. Due to microbial growth, allergen sensitivity may arise, causing any occupants to evacuate the property. But it gets worse; a complete gutting of the structure could be the only option. Not only will this drive out the occupants who are living in that residence, but will increase the claim substantially.

It is important to handle any considerable amount of water damage done to your home in a timely matter. Doing so could potentially avoid a large loss situation that could have been totally avoidable in the first place.

Are you unsure of what to do or how to handle your water damage situation? Call your local SERVPRO franchise for all of your water restoration needs!

-Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr. 

Restoration Cases Involving Contaminated Water Damage

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

When your home is affected by water damage, taking the appropriate, safe steps to restore the property is usually the correct response. However, if your home was damaged due to contaminated water, like sewage, there are some things to consider that will help prevent exposure to a range of harmful pollutants.

First and foremost, contact your local SERVPRO franchise to help you decide what your best course of action is. Our Franchise Professionals can identify the source and type of water, before utilizing drying equipment that controls the temperate and humidity, which minimizes secondary damage.

In the meantime, do your best to avoid any and all contact with contaminated water and the items it also may have contaminated. By not walking unnecessarily through damaged areas, you can reduce the possibility of spreading contaminated water through your property.

Do not use household fans or HVAC systems to dry the structure; spreading contaminants through the air could be a likely outcome by doing so. Furthermore, do not use personal hygiene products if they have been exposed to contaminated areas — if you’ve come in contact with contaminated items, wash your hands thoroughly.

To learn more about contaminated water and how it could impact you, visit epa.gov where you will find a complete list of possible contaminants due to contaminated water.

-Content by Rob D’Emilio Jr.

Are You Prepared?

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

When is the last time you scheduled a pipe to burst in your home or office? How often would you like your property damaged due to faulty wiring? Although the answer to these questions is “never”, accidents happen and these instances aren’t ever planned.

SERVPRO recognizes the need for a quick, timely and proper restoration effort in order to sanitize the property and to have the tenants back like the loss never even happened. Preparing for the unexpected will give you an edge if disaster strikes, which is why you should consider developing an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). Your ERP could be a part of your Contingency Plan, which will contain information you need in the event of an emergency situation.

With over 45 years of experience in the cleanup and restoration industry, SERVPRO knows how to mitigate damages while limiting frustrations along the way. Creating an ERP for your home or facility will lessen stress and help you put an emphasis on getting back into the building as fast as possible; your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional can help you create an ERP that best suits your expectations.

Through detailed communication, the SERVPRO Franchise Professional will walk through all of your options in order for you to choose an ERP that allows you to stay informed and in control. Set up an appointment with your local SERVPRO to begin preparing for a possible disaster before it happens!

-Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr. 

SERVPRO Safety Tips: Preparing for Snowmelt Flooding

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

With Philadelphia and its surrounding areas getting anywhere from 1 to 6 inches of snowfall with the most recent snow storm, home and business owners are anticipating flooding — and rightfully so.

Snowmelt is a term that, quite literally, defines itself — it is running water made up of melting snow, which can be dangerous. As temperatures rise, snow and ice buildups become one of the main culprits behind flooding of homes, businesses, streets, fields and bodies of water.

Preparing for flooding before it happens will likely decrease your chances of falling victim to flood damage caused by snowmelt. Consider these tips:

  • Purchase a sump pump and test it regularly; these devices, when working properly, help prevent liquid buildup in your home/business.
  • Inspect your property for cracks on walls, floors or corners of your foundation. Water can still seep through porous concrete, but sealing cracks will decrease your chances of water breaching your property.
  • If possible, clear your property’s high points of snow — copious amounts of snow collects on roofs and overhangs, which can be liable to leak through the top of your foundation.
  • After a snowfall, clear a large path around the perimeter of your home/business. If you don’t have access to a snow blower, the ole’ shovel and elbow grease will do the trick.

Keeping these tips in mind will benefit you if your home or business is close to being compromised by snowmelt flooding. But remember, when winter weather strikes, SERVPRO strikes back!

If you are in need of water restoration services due to any type of storm, call your local SERVPRO so our Franchise Professionals can get your home or business back in shape!

SERVPRO Safety Tips: Dealing with Fire Damage

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), an estimated average of 355,400 homes had caught fire and were responded to by U.S. fire departments from 2012 to 2016. These fires contributed to millions of dollars in damages, often leaving homeowners in the unfortunate situation of dealing with the wreckage.

When your home falls victim to a fire, SERVPRO wants you to know how to handle the situation effectively and by limiting the amount of harmful contaminants and soot you interact with.

You should:

  • Try to limit the amount of foot traffic in your home, for moving around frequently can further embed soot particles into your carpet and upholstery.
  • Gather old linens and dry towels to place on rugs, carpets and upholstery in high, foot traffic areas.
  • Soot on your hands can be easily spread throughout your home, so be sure to keep them clean to avoid soiling walls, upholstery, etc.

You shouldn’t:

  • Try to wash any walls or painted surfaces — or shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture — without first contacting your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to the fire, for they may be contaminated and not safe to ingest.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet; the wiring may be faulty and could pose negative health effects, like electric shock and secondary damage due to increased air movement.

Instead of possibly causing further damage to your home after a fire, or putting your health at risk, call your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals to take care of it for you. Our team will help you every step of the way, providing top-tier work and ERBs (Emergency Response Bags) for your convenience.

For more information about our fire restoration services, or for information regarding our ERBs, call your local SERVPRO franchise today!

- Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr.

SERVPRO Safety Tips (Carbon Monoxide)

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Carbon Monoxide (CO), the colorless and odorless gas that takes roughly 500 people every year, poisons people the most during the winter months. Spreading often due to the usage of gas furnaces, cars, charcoal grills, propane stoves and portable generators — which can be contributed to the cold weather — CO “sends at least 15,000 Americans to the emergency room” (WebMd).

To prevent carbon monoxide in your homes or businesses, consider these options:

  • If you are using a fireplace or plan on having some type of fire in an enclosed space, make sure you allow the smoke and other toxic fumes emitted by fire to be vented to the outside.
  • Do not run vehicles inside confined spaces (ex. Garages).
  • Do not try to heat your home or business using a stove.
  • If you are using generators, grills or any other gas/oil burning machines, do not use them inside your homes or businesses. While outside, though, keep them away from windows.
  • Have a Carbon Monoxide detector installed in your home/business

If you have already been affected by Carbon Monoxide, call your local SERVPRO franchise to have our certified technicians clear out the gasses from your property!

- Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr.

Hydroxyl Generator Systems

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

To ensure that our products rise above our competitors, SERVPRO steadily offers the best pieces of technology when it comes to fire, water, smoke and odor restoration. Resting among other top deodorization systems that SERVPRO provides are Hydroxyls.

Using green technology, Hydroxyls are the industry’s most advanced solution for purifying the air, decontaminating contents and surfaces, as well as eliminating stubborn odors. Hydroxyls, in nature, are molecules that are created in Earth’s atmosphere, which are the byproduct of the sun’s ultraviolet rays and water vapor.

Due to their bacteria killing qualities, they play a critical role in removing viruses and mold, often being referred to as the “detergent” of the atmosphere. Hydroxyls also take part in breaking down volatile organic compounds (VOCs), gases, vapors, chemical fumes and unpleasant odors.

These patented systems use UV technology provided by Odorex, which are scientifically confirmed, field proven and disruptive to all conventional deodorization and cleaning technologies.

While SERVPRO continues to enhance our products, we continue serving our communities with pride, offering the best restoration services across the country. If you are in need of deodorization services or would like to learn more about our products, contact your local SERVPRO today!

- Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr.

Selling Your Home?

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

An insightful, 2012 article by the New York Times suggests that cleaning your home before selling it increases your chances of acquiring the sale. The article refers to, Ginger Brokaw, a senior vice president at Town Residential real estate in Manhattan, and why she says getting your home as clean as possible “is absolutely something of the greatest importance.”

“I’ve seen the response of people walking into a home that hasn’t been cleaned, staged or prepared for showings, and one that has,” she says, “the difference is night and day.”

To enhance your chances of closing the sale, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will help you get an edge in the market by determining the extent of your property’s damages and to remove harmful bacteria and odors from your property.

Don’t run the risk of selling a dirty home — call your local professionals at SERVPRO for all of your cleaning and restoration needs!

Content By: Rob D’Emilio

Combatting the Flu

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

The winter season guarantees cold temperatures and inclement weather, but sicknesses, like the flu, unfortunately strives during this time. According to an article published by CNBC in 2018, an estimated 80,000 people died of the flu during the 2017 winter season. With a staggering statistic such as this, it is imperative that you do part in helping to prevent the spread of flu and other germs in your homes and businesses. To help you with these efforts, you can depend on your local SERVPRO franchise to clean and sanitize building materials, surfaces and contents following restoration industry standards.

From using EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants to utilizing our trained technicians to clean your HVAC and duct systems — which help reduce the risk of circulating harmful contaminants — SERVPRO is dedicated to fighting the spread of flu germs in hopes that the accumulating death toll ceases to rise.

- Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr. 

Winter Weather

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, we’ve taken great pride in providing restoration services for both residential and commercial owners for over 50 years. While we anticipate a high volume of calls due to the most recent winter storm, it is imperative that you prepare your property for the inclement weather accordingly, beforehand to ensure your safety.

Unfortunately, winter storms can be quite unpredictable, both in size and in nature, which prevents the public from avoiding damages to their property — that’s where we come in.

When winter weather strikes, we strike back. SERVPRO utilizes determined technicians who are dedicated to turning your losses into new beginnings.

Don’t let the winter weather get you down — call SERVPRO today for all of your restoration needs!

Like it never even happened.

Content By: Rob D'Emilio

Polar Vortex/Frozen Pipes

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Polar Vortex 2019

The polar vortex is a large area of low pressure and cold air surrounding the Earth's North and South poles. The term vortex refers to the counter-clockwise flow of air that helps keep the colder air close to the poles (left globe). Often during winter in the Northern Hemisphere, the polar vortex will become less stable and expand, sending cold Arctic air southward over the United States with the jet stream (right globe). The polar vortex is nothing new  – in fact, it's thought that the term first appeared in an 1853 issue of E. Littell's Living Age

Provided by NOAA.ORG

Freezing pipes create damage to Philadelphia High Rises in 2016

SERVPRO Large Loss Team

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

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.

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
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

Recently SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton has been called in to many schools during the Summer months to remediate mold growing in the classrooms. We have the experience and knowledge to handle any large loss presented!

Should a storm or major event strike, call (215)-671-7777

Content by : SERVPRO Corporate

Resources to Prepare for Winter Storm Harper!

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Winter Storm Harper is set to blow in this weekend. Listed below are some helpful links to help you and your family prepare for this weekend's winter weather! Stay safe! All the power companies serving electric customers, along with links to OUTAGE MAPS for each utility supplier and how to report an outage: http://www.puc.state.pa.us/consumer_info/electricity/electric_companies_suppliers.aspx - Road conditions and traffic jams in the Keystone State can be found here: https://www.511pa.com/ - Twitter account for the state Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), which posts updates consistently throughout storms: https://twitter.com/ReadyPA - County-by-county preparedness and shelter information links: Bucks County // Chester County // Delaware County // Montgomery County // Philadelphia - The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency's ReadyPA winter preparedness guide: https://www.ready.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx Keep us in mind if you do find yourself faced with a frozen pipe that burst or storm damage!

Winter Storm Harper

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

The Winter Storm Harper is predicted to drop quite a bit of snow this weekend from the Plains all the way up through the Northeast region of the U.S.. Artic cold air is one of the ingredients in this winter storm that will factor in to how much snow is actually dropped. The storms path and inches of accumulation is still being determined as it looks like it will be pivoting through the Midwest and Northeast. The area from the Great Lakes to the New England area. If you have plans to travel this weekend you may want to cancel or change them as many flight delays and rough road conditions are expected. Be sure to keep checking on the status of this storm and prepare accordingly.

Content by: https://weather.com/storms/winter/news/2019-01-15-winter-storm-harper-snow-forecast-plains-midwest-northeast

National Blood Donor Month

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

National Blood Donor Month is celebrated in the United States in January each year since 1970. January is a time that sees significantly less blood donations due to the holidays, people’s busy schedules, seasonal illness and inclement winter weather. This makes January one of the most difficult times to collect enough donations to meet needs. This is what led President Nixon to declare January as National Blood Donor Month on December 31, 1969.

The American Red Cross says that nearly 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood yet only around 10% actually donate. One pint of blood can save up tp three lives! Some other benefits include:

  • Free blood tests – donated blood is tested and donor can asked to be informed if any irregularities are found.
  • Satisfaction of saving human lives
  • Calorie burn – Blood donation process burns 650 calories – about the same as an average spin class!
  • Reduced risk of heart disease – helps eliminate excess buildup of iron in the blood
  • Reduced risk of cancer – also due to reduction of excess iron buildup in the blood

To find out more on the blood donation process and where to give, visit either www.redcross.org or https://www.giveapint.org/

Content By: https://www.few.org/national-blood-donor-month/ & https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/Resolve-to-Give-during-National-Blood-Donor-Month.html

Giveaway!

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Upper Bucks, SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton & SERVPRO of Germantown 76ERS V.S. THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS TICKET GIVEAWAY/SWEEPSTAKES - OFFICIAL RULES


NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. THIS SWEEPSTAKES/GIVEAWAY IS IN NO WAY SPONSORED, ENDORSED OR ADMINISTERED BY OR ASSOCIATED WITH FACEBOOK, THE  PHILADELPHIA 76ERS, WELLS FARGO AND/OR THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS.WE DO NOT OWN THE RIGHTS TO THE IMAGES USED THE FLYER. THE IMAGES USED BELONG SOLELY TO THEIR RESPECTIVE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS.

1.  PROMOTION DESCRIPTION:

The SERVPRO of Upper Bucks, SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton & SERVPRO of Germantown 76ers v.s. The Golden State Warriors Sweepstakes (\"Sweepstakes\") begins on December 28th 2019 at 12:00 p.m. and ends on February 21st 2019 at 11:59 p.m. (the \"Promotion Period\").

The sponsor of this Sweepstakes is SERVPRO of Upper Bucks, SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton and SERVPRO of Germantown ("Sponsor"). By participating in the Sweepstakes, each Entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the Sweepstakes. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Sweepstakes. Sponsor may be reached by email at marketingstaff@SERVPROupperbucks.com during the Promotion Period.


2.  ELIGIBILITY:

Open to legal residents of The United States, given the Entrant can provide transportation to and from the game, who are a minimum of 18 years of age (the \"Entrant\"). If the Entrant is under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian can claim the prize for the Entrant. Sponsor, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, retailers, sales representatives, advertising and promotion agencies and each of their respective officers, directors and employees (the \"Promotion Entities\"), are ineligible to enter the Sweepstakes or win a prize. Household Members and Immediate Family Members of such individuals are also not eligible to enter or win. "Household Members" shall mean those people who share the same residence at least three months a year. "Immediate Family Members" shall mean parents, step-parents, legal guardians, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, or spouses. This Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited or restricted by law.



  1. PRIZE:

    Grand Prize: One (1) winners will receive [Two (2) Tickets, Lower Level Section 101, Row 19, Seats 4 and 5, to the 76ers v.s. the Golden State Warriors on Saturday March 2nd 2019] (approximate retail value or "ARV": $1,331.50)

    Prizes cannot be transferred, redeemed for cash or substituted by winner. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to award a substitute prize of equal or greater value if a prize described in these Official Rules is unavailable or cannot be awarded, in whole or in part, for any reason. The ARV of the prize represents Sponsor's good faith determination. That determination is final and binding and cannot be appealed. If the actual value of the prize turns out to be less than the stated ARV, the difference will not be awarded in cash. Sponsor makes no representation or warranty concerning the appearance, safety or performance of any prize awarded. Restrictions, conditions, and limitations may apply. Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prize items.
       
    This Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of The United States, given they can provide their own transportation, and the Prize will only be awarded and/or delivered to addresses within said locations. All federal, state and/or local taxes, fees, and surcharges are the sole responsibility of the prize winner. Failure to comply with the Official Rules will result in forfeiture of the prize.
       

    4. HOW TO ENTER:

Enter the Sweepstakes during the Promotion Period online on Facebook by liking one (1), two (2), or all three (3) of our Facebook pages: SERVPRO of Upper Bucks (@SERVPROOfUpperBucks), SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton (@SERVPROppb), and SERVPRO of Germantown (@SERVPROofgermantown). By liking one of the three pages, the Entrant’s name will be entered once. If the Entrant likes two (2) of our pages, his/her name will be entered twice. If the Entrant likes all three (3) of our pages, the Entrant’s name will be entered three times. The Entrant can only enter the contest by liking one, two or all three of the pages listed. Liking any other Facebook pages not specified above including but not limited to, other SERVPRO Franchises, will not qualify for entry. There are no additional ways to enter the Sweepstakes.

If the Entrant “likes” one of the pages and then “unlikes” one or all of the pages, their entry will be disqualified and the Entrant’s name will be removed from the Sweepstakes. Internet entry must be made by the Entrant. Any attempt by Entrant to obtain more than the stated number of Entries by using multiple/different email addresses, identities, registrations, logins or any other methods, will void Entrant's Entries and that Entrant may be disqualified. Final eligibility for the award of any prize is subject to eligibility verification as set forth below. All Entries must be posted by the end of the Promotion Period in order to participate. Sponsor's database clock will be the official timekeeper for this Sweepstakes.
   

5. WINNER SELECTION:

The Winner of the Sweepstakes will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received throughout the Promotion Period. The random drawing will be conducted on Friday February 22, 2019 after the Promotion Period by Sponsor or its designated representatives, whose decisions are final. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible Entries received.


6. WINNER NOTIFICATION:

Winner will be notified by Facebook Messenger and the Facebook email provided on the Entrant’s Facebook profile if one is provided approximately by the end of the day on Friday February 22, 2019 after the random drawing. Potential Winner must accept a prize by email as directed by Sponsor within 24 hours of notification or else the prize will be forfeited and a second Winner will be chosen in the same regards.. Sponsor is not responsible for any delay or failure to receive notification for any reason, including inactive email account(s), technical difficulties associated therewith, or Winner’s failure to adequately monitor any email account.

Any winner notification not responded to or returned as undeliverable may result in prize forfeiture. The potential prize winner may be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and release of liability, and a Publicity Release (collectively \"the Prize Claim Documents\"). No substitution or transfer of a prize is permitted except by Sponsor.


7. PRIVACY:

Any personal information supplied by you will be subject to the privacy policy of the Sponsor posted at https://www.SERVPROupperbucks.com/privacy. By entering the Sweepstakes, you grant Sponsor permission to share your email address (if provided by Facebook), your Facebook Profile and Messaging system and any other personally identifiable information with the other Sweepstakes Entities for the purpose of administration and prize fulfillment, including use in a publicly available Winners list.


8. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:

Sponsor assumes no responsibility or liability for (a) any incorrect or inaccurate entry information, or for any faulty or failed electronic data transmissions; (b) any unauthorized access to, or theft, destruction or alteration of entries at any point in the operation of this Sweepstakes; (c) any technical malfunction, failure, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or communications line failure, regardless of cause, with regard to any equipment, systems, networks, lines, satellites, servers, camera, computers or providers utilized in any aspect of the operation of the Sweepstakes; (d) inaccessibility or unavailability of any network or wireless service, the Internet or website or any combination thereof; (e) suspended or discontinued Internet, wireless or landline phone service; or (f) any injury or damage to participant's or to any other person’s computer or mobile device which may be related to or resulting from any attempt to participate in the Sweepstakes or download of any materials in the Sweepstakes.

If, for any reason, the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned for reasons which may include without limitation, infection by computer virus, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which may corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes, the Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes in whole or in part. In such event, Sponsor shall immediately suspend all drawings and prize awards, and Sponsor reserves the right to award any remaining prizes (up to the total ARV as set forth in these Official Rules) in a manner deemed fair and equitable by Sponsor. Sponsor and Released Parties shall not have any further liability to any participant in connection with the Sweepstakes.
 

9. SOCIAL NETWORK DISCLAIMER

A Facebook account may be required to enter. If you don’t already have a Facebook account, visit www.facebook.com to create one. It is free to create an account. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to the Sponsor and not to Facebook. By participating via the Facebook platform, participants are also subject to Facebook’s data policy and terms of use, which can be found at https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy and https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms/update.


10. WINNER LIST/OFFICIAL RULES:

To obtain a copy of the Winner List or a copy of these Official Rules, send your request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to SERVPRO of Upper Bucks cc: The 76ers v.s. The Golden State Warriors Giveaway at 1501 W. Park Ave, Perkasie, Pennsylvania 18944 or by email at marketingstaff@SERVPROupperbucks.com. Requests for the names of the winners must be received no later than March 21, 2019 after the Promotion Period has ended. The winner will alsop be posted on all three of the Facebook accounts listed above in the “How To Enter” section. The winner will be posted after winner confirmation is complete.


11. SPONSOR/ADMINISTRATOR:

SERVPRO of Upper Bucks, 1501 W. Park Ave, Perkasie, Pennsylvania 18944, marketingstaff@SERVPROupperbucks.com

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton, 9800 Ashton Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19114, marketingstaff@SERVPROupperbucks.com


SERVPRO of Germantown, 5501 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144, marketingstaff@SERVPROupperbucks.com

Frozen Pipes!

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Frost on the Pipes: This one may seem obvious as well but you should always be checking your pipes when it gets colder to ensure there is no frost accumulating.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Content by: https://www.thebalancesmb.com/how-to-tell-if-your-pipes-are-frozen-2124985

Board-Up Services!

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

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

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Hydrating Heroes lll

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

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 sean.mccabe@148response.com to RVSP.

Content and picture by: Sean McCabe from SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton

Benefits to Having a Commercial Cleaning

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

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
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

Content by: SERVPRO Corporate

Cooking Safety

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Content & photo by: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Campaigns/Fire-Prevention-Week/Safety-Tip-Sheets

Mold Tips!

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Content by: SERVPRO Corporate 

"Mold Removal" vs. Remediation

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

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

Content by: SERVPRO Corporate

Water Damage Emergency Tips

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

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

What To Do & Not To Do After Flooding

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

A picture from a water premeditation job we were called out to after a heavy storm.

Heavy thunderstorms are known to cause flooding both inside and outside of the house. Here are a few tips of what to do if your house has flooded during this storm season.



What To Do After Flooding

  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Turn on the air conditioning for maximum drying during the summer months.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place and remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Gather loose items from the floor.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum to remove the water.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet and avoid being in rooms where the ceilings are sagging.
  • Do not use the your television or other household appliances.

Content by: SERVPRO Corporate

Picture By: SERVPRO of Upper Bucks

What To Do & What Not To Do After a Fire

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

After a fire coming back to the house or building were it happened can be a very emotional experience. Here are some tips of what to do and what not to do in in your house after a fire.

What To Do After a Fire:

  • Keep hands clean so as to not furth soil an upholstery, walls or woodwork.
  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas
  • If electricity is off, empty the freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change the HVAC filter.

What NOT To Do After a Fire:

  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your local SERVPRO.
  • Do not use canned or packaged foods or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures is the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Do not send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Content by: SERVPRO Corporate

The SERVPRO Steps to Water Remedation

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

When you are faced with a water damage problem, whether it be from a broken water heater or from a heavy storm, it can be a pretty scary thing. Luckily at SERVPRO we have our own detailed way of handling these situations, from the moment you call to the time we leave the property.

Step 1: Emergency Contact:

When you call, our representative will guide you through several questions that will help the SERVPRO Franchise Professional respond to your water emergency more quickly and efficiently. This initial contact is an important part of a fast, effective restoration.

Step 2: Inspection and Water Damage Assessment:

They carefully inspect your property’s water damage, determining the type of water damage and the areas affected. This is a crucial step to creating an effective plan of action that will result in a successful restoration.

Step 3: Water Extraction/ Water Removal:

Typically, hundreds or thousands of gallons of water are removed using our powerful pumps and vacuums during the water removal process. The SERVPRO Franchise Professionals start this process as soon as possible to minimize further damage and to help prevent mold growth.

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification:

After the bulk of the water has been removed, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals use specialized equipment to target the water that’s harder to access. They use less intrusive, scientific drying methods to draw the remaining water and moisture from your property with air movers and dehumidifiers.

Step 5: Cleaning and Sanitizing:

Water damage also affects your belongings, like furniture, clothing, and personal items. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can clean restorable items using a number of specialized cleaning techniques. They also sanitize with antimicrobial treatments and remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 6: Restoration:

The last step is restoring your home or business back to its pre-water damage condition. The restoration step can be relatively minor, such as replacing a few drywall panels, or could include major reconstruction, such as rebuilding entire rooms of a home or business.

Content by: SERVPRO Corporate

SERVPRO Commercial Cleaning Services

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

When most people hear “SERVPRO” they think of water and fire restoration but we actually provide many other services like commercial cleaning and duct cleaning!

While most offices do a pretty good job at keeping their office clean, the everyday wear and tear will gradually build up. When it gets too much for your regular janitor to handle, call in SERVPRO! We do a fantastic job at removing odors, deep cleaning of carpets, flooring and much more. Every member of our crew is trained specifically to be able to handle a commercial cleaning job of any size.

Our cleaning services include:

  • Air ducts and HVAC - Drapes and Blinds
  • Biohazard Cleanup - Odor Removal
  • Carpet and Upholstery -Sewage
  • Ceilings, Floors, and Walls - Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Vandalism

Content by: SERVPRO Corporate

Mold Mitigation Services

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Our franchise has been very busy the past few months with mold mitigation jobs. Buildings that suffer from excess moisture can be potential breeding grounds for mold to grow. If your building has experienced problems with ongoing moisture due to long-standing leaks, roof damage, water intrusion, or from poor humidity control, be sure to be alert to the following factors:

  • Strong musty odors may be a sign that mold is present
  • Excessive humidity in the building or outside
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might indicate previous mold growth
  • Any visible mold

Mold removal and remediation can help fix these situations if mold was found in the building. Our crew will arrive on site ready to identify any visible signs of mold. Following the industry standards  for mold remediation, they will work to remove visible mold and reduce the potential for future mold growth.

Content by: SERVPRO Corporate

Best Ways to Remove Shower Mold

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

While mold growth in your shower or on your shower curtain doesn’t necessarily require a mold remediation crew it can be a hassle to remove. If you let it go on for too long without handling it though, it may require more extensive work by professionals. Mold growth in your shower is something homeowners can’t always avoid so it is best to know a few tricks to ensure a speedy removal.

One of the oldest tricks in the book is to spray the tile or grout where the mold is growing and scrub it with a toothbrush. While time consuming, this often gets the job done. If you are concerned about causing damage to the grout from continual scrubbing then try soaking cotton coils in bleach and press them in to the grout or tile. Let the coils soak overnight, remove and then rinse the area.

If you are not comfortable with using bleach, then try vinegar! Spray it on the grout and tiles, let it sit for a few hours and then scrub with a brush. Both methods have proven to be effective ways of keeping mold from growing in your shower for months.

Content by: https://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/household-hints-tips/cleaning-organizing/clean-mold-off-shower.htm

Picture by: https://letsremovemold.com/bathroom-and-shower-mold/

The Leading 5 Causes of Commercial Water Damage

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage affecting a business causes a lot more problems than just the physical damage. People will lose days, maybe even weeks of work depending on how big the problem is. Through research collected over the past years, the top 5 causes of commercial water damage were determined in order to help businesses try to prevent it from happening in their own building.

  • Appliance and Equipment

Appliances such as air conditioning units, heaters, or anything utilizes tubes, pipes, and filters that water runs through, are at risk of leaking. If your business uses water then there will be some risks for leaks. The best thing to do to keep these pieces of equipment from leaking is simply to perform routine maintenance on them and always be checking for leaks. Anything that seems to be a concern, such as rust, cracks, bulges or moisture, should be taken care of immediately.

  • Roofing

Roofs are known to leak, so they should be checked regularly. You want to make sure that the roof is draining all the water efficiently. Over time, if not a roof is not maintained, leaks and cracks are very likely to happen through wear and tear. To avoid water damage due to your roof just be sure to be checking it a few times a year.

  • Pipes and Drains

Plumbing is the most obvious possible source of water damage as it is very susceptible to clogs, blockages and damage. As with the appliances you should be checking regularly for any signs of potential damage to the system before the water has a chance to leak, such as blue stains and moisture.

  • Sprinkler Systems

Always check your sprinkler systems for signs of rust and replace if necessary. Although these may be one of the last things on your mind, they can and will malfunction if they are not taken care of.

  • Mother Nature

While you can’t stop mother nature and all the weather she brings, you can regularly be checking your building to make sure everything is in tip top shape to avoid more damage when she strikes. Cleaning drains, gutters, having flood insurance are all good preventative measure to have in place.

Content by: https://www.grainger.com/content/supplylink-top-five-causes-of-commercial-water-damage

The C's of Water Damage

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Many people see water in their home and immediately think the worst of the situation when in fact there are several components that go into assessing the level of damage the water has caused.

Classes of Water Damage

  • Class 1: This is the least level of damage as it only involves a section of a room that has only absorbed little moisture.
  • Class 2: This level involves water damage to an entire room and has absorbed in to the walls and carpet.
  • Class 3: The damage has now absorbed up in to most of the walls and may have come in through the ceiling. This is the worst level of damage.
  • Class 4: The water damage in class 4 requires special drying methods as it involves hardwood floors, concrete and stone materials.

Categories of Water Damage

  • Category 1: The source of this water is clean and coming from a clean water source such as a toilet tank or a broken pipe. This category can become a category 2 or 3 if it is left sitting too long
  • Category 2: This category includes water containing detergents or “grey water”. The water usually comes from washing machines or dishwashers. Water containing urine from an overflowing toilet can also be included in this category.
  • Category 3: The water in category 3 is completely unsanitary water coming from sewage, river floodings and even standing water that started to grow bacteria. This water is dangerous and can cause illness and even death if not handled properly.

Content By:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_Damage

Local McDonald's Destroyed in Fire

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Photo by Doylestown Fire Company

A locAL McDonald's was completely destroyed in an overnight fire early Friday, officials tell Patch.

According to Doylestown Fire Company spokesman Larry Browne, the building on N. Main Street is "a total loss." The interior collapsed, and there was heavy smoke and fire damage, Browne said.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by Fire Marshal Scott Fleischer and the Bucks County fire investigators, Browne said.  

The fire was first reported at 1:49 a.m., Browne said. It was placed under control just before 3 a.m. and crews were gone from the scene by 6 a.m. The fire caused N. Main Street to be closed for several hours. The road has since reopened.

One firefighter suffered a minor injury, Browne said. The firefighter has been treated and released.

A total of 6 fire companies responded and were at the scene.

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton was called to the scene to help with the cleanup! 

Content and picture by: https://patch.com/pennsylvania/doylestown/major-fire-doylestown-mcdonalds

Photo by: Doylestown Fire Company Twitter

Hurricane Florence

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

Florence Response and Recovery

SERVPROs from across the Country are ready to respond

Hurricane Florence to Cause Catastrophic Damage

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

2018 hurricane damage in billions of dollars.

Hurricane Florence is set to hit the Carolinas this week and was just downgraded to a category 2 hurricane. This downgrade doesn’t necessarily mean that the damage this storms sets to cause will not be catastrophic. The category of the storm only denotes the speed of the storms winds but not the storm surges. With this information it is hard to tell how much damage the storm will truly cause but is expected to be on par with the level of damage that last years historically destructive storms caused. Forecasters say that Hurricane Florence will cause its destruction with its high winds, coastal surge, followed by its inland surge. The hurricanes are causing more and more damage each time as more people are moving to the coast and investing in bigger, more expensive houses. Many of the houses will take a hit as it is expected to dump around 10 trillion gallons of rainfall in North Carolina alone. Make sure you and your house are prepared for any level of damage with this storm.

Content and picture by: https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/13/us/hurricane-florence-south-east-coast-wxc/index.html

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/09/12/hurricane-florence-costs-damage-deaths-harvey-irma-maria/1265643002/

Hurricane Florence To Test Emergency Preparedness

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricanes are among the toughest tests of the emergency preparedness of institutional and commercial facilities, and facility managers on the U.S. east coast are about to find out just how prepared their facilities are for a major hurricane.

More than 1.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate along the U.S. southeast coast as Hurricane Florence, the most powerful to menace the Carolinas in nearly three decades, barrels closer, according to Reuters.

Florence, a Category 4 storm packing winds of 130 miles per hour, was expected to make landfall most likely in southeastern North Carolina near the South Carolina border, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

In addition to flooding the coast with wind-driven storm surges of seawater as high as 12 feet, Florence could drop 20-30 inches of rain in places, posing the risk of deadly flooding miles inland, forecasters say. They warned the storm could linger for days after making landfall. Florence arrives as some facilities in the Southeast United States continue to recover from 2017 Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, which caused a tremendous amount of damage. Among those facilities damaged by the storms were 32 Georgia health centers, according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution. 

Those facilities will receive a federal grant of $9.6 million, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The award was part of $60 million given to health centers nationwide that are funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. The department says the money “will help ensure continued access to quality primary health care services at community health centers in Georgia affected by the hurricanes.”

HHS Secretary Alex Azar says the grants will help the centers recover and strengthen their readiness for next time.

This Quick Read was submitted by Ryan Berlin, managing editor of Facility Maintenance Decisions.

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Fall Storm Weather!

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Meteorological fall began this past weekend on September 1st! The meteorological seasons are defined by the annual temperature cycles in groups of three months at a time. Hurricanes, tornadoes and snow are just a few of the weather types that fall brings. Many people associate summer with hurricane season but hurricane season is actually only halfway over. The Atlantic hurricane season officially ends November 30th so hurricanes are still of concern. This storm season lasts in to the fall because the atmospheric conditions are typically more favorable for a larger area of the Atlantic Basin. Not only do we still have to take precautions for hurricanes in the fall but this is also the considered the second season for tornadoes. The low pressures that the U.S. experiences in the fall can help set up the perfect recipe for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.

Be sure to take the necessary precautions to prepare your home for potential damage caused by the changing fall weather!

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Flash Floods!

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

We all get those “Flash Flood Warnings” on our phones during a heavy rain storm and most people don’t think much of it. Flash floods are actually very dangerous and can cause some serious damage. A flash flood is defined as a flood that develops in less then 6 hours. These floods can occur anywhere but are more prone to occur in areas that deal with poor drainage systems. Heavy rain in the main culprit for starting a flash flood but ice james, dam failures and large amounts of snow melting can also cause one. Areas that are densely populated are actually most at risk for flash flooding as there is a lot of paved roads and less area for water to be absorbed. If you find yourself in an area where a flash flood is occurring or may occur try to get to higher ground and no matter how low the water looks, do not attempt to cross it. The scariest part of a flash flood is how fast the water can rise. If you do receive a flash flood warning this doesn't always mean there is one occurring at the time but there may be one that could occur.

If you find your house has been affected by water damage due to a flash flood or a heavy storm give SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton a call at (215)- 671-7777 today!

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What Are Moisture Meters?

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

This is an example of a penetrating moisture meter.

Many times when a customer experiences water damage it can be hard to tell how bad the damage is just by looking around at the property. There can be underlying damage that is not visible to the eyes and this is where moisture meters come in to play. A restoration moisture meter or sensor measures the amount of moisture in an environment and in certain materials. Drywall, flooring and other structural components can be measured to assess the damage they may have incurred as well. These meters are very useful to put a number on the level of damage a property may have incurred.

There are a few different types of meters that all have a different pros and cons. Some jobs will only require the use of one but others will require more.

  • Non-Penetrating Meters: These are one of the easiest meters to use and are a popular choice because they pose no risk of causing any damage to the flooring or structure. These have two flat sensors usually located at the bottom of the device and compare the amount of moisture located between them. They are best for quickly comparing levels between affected and unaffected areas.
  • Penetrating Meters: These meters have a series of prongs that will penetrate the surface of a structure to take the moisture reading. These readings are much more accurate and are great for finding any trapped moisture on a site.
  • Hydrosensors: These meters are a type of penetrating meters that are great for seeing how far moisture has traveled from the surface of the structure. These work best for carpet or carpet padding but do not work with drywall.
  • Thermo-Hygrometers: Thermo-hygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity, which both will affect how drying equipment will function. These essentially test whether or not an environment can be efficiently dried with the tools that are at the teams disposal. The measurements these put out are helpful in determining if your dehumidifier is working properly.

These tools are very essential in water damage restoration projects as they give you a good understanding of how big or small the job will be. Also it gives you readings to bring back to the customer and discuss the work that will need to be done in more detail.

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Preventing Mold in Schools

8/29/2018 (Permalink)

Most schools are closed up during most of the summer, with no AC which is the perfect environment for mold to grow. The doors are locked, windows closed, and the rooms are shut, with no ventilation, it leaves the question of what to do to prevent mold when school is back in full swing. Mold thrives in an environment with moisture and can then lead to some serious health problems later on in the year if not taken care of. Here are some tips to help prevent mold growth so that everyone can enjoy the upcoming school year.

  • If wet cleaning has to be done, be sure to do so when it isn’t raining. Also open all the windows and do not close up until everything is dry.
  • If there are some concrete floors that are constantly wet, try to keep them as clean as possible. Mold grows in dirt and this can then cause a larger problem.
  • Mold can grow in as little as 48 hours so if there are spills or leaks try to identify them quickly and clean them up right away. You can use wet vacuums, heaters or fans unless the problem is too big, then professionals should be called.
  • Keep a close eye on closets that might be on outside walls as condensation can build up here more quickly. Try to keep them open as much as possible.
  • Avoid clutter especially with paper and boxes as if these get moist, mold can and will grow very quickly.

These are just a few of the things you can do to try to reduce the chance of mold growth in your classroom or school building. It is always a good idea to have a baseline measurement of temperature and dew point to compare to in extreme humidity situations. Keeping your space clean and consistently clean is the most important step to take to prevent mold from growing in order to have a successful school year!

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Stop, Drop, Roll and Extinguish: The A,B,C ‘s of Fire Extinguishers

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire extinguishers are a common site in most houses across the United States as many states have implemented laws requiring each household to have one. What most people don’t know is that there are actually four different classes of fire extinguishers which work to put out different types of fires. It is important to be informed of these different classes in order to purchase the best extinguisher for your own house or apartment.

The classes of extinguishers are labeled as Class A, B, C, and D - each best for putting out a different type of fire.

  • Class A extinguishers: best at putting out fires in ordinary combustible materials, such as wood and paper
  • Class B extinguishers: best for use on flammable liquids such as gasoline, oil and grease
  • Class C extinguishers: best for use only on electrically energized fires
  • Class D extinguishers: best for use on flammable metals

Although there are four different classes, most fire extinguishers are sold as a combination of the classes to cover a broader range of fires. Some will be sold as A-B, or even A-B-C. Next time you are at the store shopping for you new extinguisher make sure you keep this information in mind to help you prepare best for any type of fire you may be faced with.

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All About Fire Safety

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Kitchen:

  • Never leave your stove unattended while on. Be sure to pay attention even more closely when frying food.
  • Keep your kitchen clean! This seems like an obvious tip but sometimes life gets to us and we let things get away from us. Make sure you are keeping your kitchen clutter free and keep flammable items away from the stove.
  • Wear tight clothing to limit the possibility of a sleeve hanging over the lit stovetop.
  • Install a smoke detector in your kitchen and make sure it always is working properly.

Laundry Room:

  • The proper dryer duct should vent directly outdoors. If it is not it can lead to the discharge of combustible gasses from the machine.
  • Buy a hard metal duct with as few bends as possible and avoid plastic ones. These are more easily melted and ignited.
  • Always clean your ducts out of lint. Clean your lint trap after every dryer use as well. This is help reduce the chance of a dryer fire and help contain it if one does break out.

By Hearth and Candlelight

  • Never leave a fire unattended. This seems like common sense but time can get away from you at home.
  • Use a screen in front of your hearth. Be sure to buy one that covers the whole opening. This can prevent logs from rolling out and is an extra added safety precaution.
  • Perform regular inspections on both your chimney and woodstoves. These items should be cleaned and checked for any damage to ensure they function as safely as possible.

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Commercial Cleaning Checklist

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Every business should be taking measures to keep their building clean even if they do not employ a professional cleaning service. It can become hard to keep track of exactly what you should be cleaning regularly. Here is a checklist to make it a little easier to insure your workplace stays neat and tidy.

  • Monthly Cleaning List:
    • Dust all surfaces in the office
    • Clean the fabric chairs
    • Vacuum all fabric chairs, vents
    • Deep clean all surface areas
  • Weekly Cleaning Lists
    • Sponge all glass windows, both on the outside and inside
    • Clean the refrigerator
    • Disinfect all trash bins
    • Buff and polish all hardwood surfaces, including conference tables, floors, etc.
  • Daily Cleaning Lists
    • Empty waste bins and add nes liners
    • Vacuum daily debris from all floors
    • Clean painted surfaces as well
    • Wipe baseboards, light switches and door handles
    • Clean all reflective surfaces, mirrors and brass
    • Put some room freshener down after cleaning

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The Makeup of Smoke

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

There are several components that make up smoke. Learning about these components can lead to a better understanding of just how badly smoke damage can be after a fire. Each part contributes a part to the odor a fire leaves. Particles are the partially or completely burned substances that can penetrate fabrics and surfaces. These can be toxic at times. Vapors are a fog-like, misty droplets that can become dangerous if one inhales or absorbs them. The third component is toxic gases. Although these are odorless, carbon monoxide is the most common gas that will result from a fire and is dangerous. Phosgene gas results from household products like plastics, vinyls, and other chemicals are burned. Hydrogen cyanide is a product of the burning and combustion of insulation, clothing, carpet, synthetics and plastics. Due to the complex makeup of smoke and all the different ways it can be produced, it is hard to get the smoky odor out of many household items unless cleaned by a professional service.

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Flood Maps and Knowing Your Property

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

One of the most important things to be aware of when buying a home is the flood zone that it is located in. Being aware of what zone you are located in is the first step in preparing your house for any potential flood damage. The zone will tell you how likely you are to suffer from a flood in your area and the level that your house was built to withstand. Flood maps and the flood history of your region can be found online by simply plugging in your zip code. The different zones you will need to be aware of are:

  • Blue Zones: Blue zones have a 1% chance annually of flooding. These have been determined to have significant flooding at least once every 100 years. A 1% chance may not seem too significant but it is actually considered to be a high risk area and if you are living in a blue zone you should take the proper steps to prepare your home.
  • Orange Zones: These zones have a 0.2% chance annually of flooding.  These are said to face significant flooding once every 500 years. The insurance rates for homes in orange areas are likely to be lower as the risk of damage is not as great. The biggest things to watch out for in your home in this zone is leaks and excessive surface runoff.
  • Yellow Zones: Yellow zones are areas that the flood risk has not been determined. If you are thinking of buying a home in a yellow zone be sure to research the areas flood history in order to gain some information before buying.
  • Blue with Red Stripes: These areas are deemed regulatory floodways. These often are rivers and the surrounding floodplain. The floodplains are normally kept clear in order to be able to withstand potential flooding. There are some circumstances in which there are houses located in or very close to a floodplain. These homes need to take extra precautions for potential flooding.

Understanding what zone your current or future home is located in is a key part in being able to best prepare your house in the event of a flood.  

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How Exactly Does Smoke Damage a House?

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

A house fire in itself can set a whole family back for a long time and is an experience that is traumatic in itself. Most people who have to experience this are dealing with the emotional consequences and not thinking about all the work that will go in to cleaning their house after the fire. The impact the smoke itself leaves after a fire is almost just as damaging as the fire itself. Some unexpected issues many people look over when dealing with smoke are as follows:

  • Odor: While showing signs of fire damage, the surfaces of your home, specifically fabrics, may also hold a smoky odor. This occurs when the carbon particles, which the smoke produces, are deposited on to the many surfaces around the home.
  • Discoloration: After a fire occurs the effects of the smoke damage appear on walls and ceilings as stains or patches of discoloration. After a few days these areas may start to turn yellow. Many porous surfaces such as granite, marble and travertine will usually suffer from permanent discoloration from the acidic residue found in the soot.
  • Interior Damage: Smoke damage can be more serious then what the visible eye can see. Many times smoke damage will also impact the structure, framing, wall studs, insulation and air ducts in a home. If soot enters the HVAC system it can cause respiratory problems and the smoky odor will continue to be present.

These are just a few ways that smoke can affect your home when a fire has broken out. The electrical units along with all metal hardware, are other things that should also be checked for damage after a fire. Knowing the scope of how severe fire and smoke damage can be will only help you better prepare if you ever come face to face with a household fire.

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Precautions to Fight Against Mold

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Routine inspections are a critical piece in preventing mold growth.

Water and Mold

While seeing standing water on the floor is the most tell tale sign that there could be mold growing in your house, there are many less obvious signs that one may overlook, such as:

  • An unexpected increase in your monthly water bill
  • Corrosion on the plumbing fittings and valves
  • Warped or damaged flooring and panels in under the sink cabinets
  • Stains on the ceilings, floors or walls
  • Peeling paint or wallpaper
  • Musty odor

If you discover mold in your house, deal with it as quickly as possible. Clean up the water, if any, and try to locate the source. If mold is not dealt with quickly it can lead to health problems in the future.

How to Prevent Mold

  • Plumbing: The water lines, shut off valves, and fittings for all appliances including toilets, sinks, dishwashers, washing machines and even ice makers should be inspected every 6- 12 months. Checking consistently for leaks and cracks in these appliances is also a beneficial practice to start as well.
  • Appliances: Your washing machine hoses should be replaced about every 5 years and the machines should be checked consistently to make sure it stays properly balanced. An unbalanced machine can cause the hose to pull away and leak. If possible, turn off the washing machine and dishwasher when you are not home, as this can also help prevent water from leaking unexpectedly.
  • Roof and Gutters:  Make sure to have your roof professionally inspected every three years to check for damage you may not be able to see from the ground, such as missing shingles. Gutters should be routinely cleaned and maintained so they do not overflow, creating a larger issue.
  • Exterior Walls and Foundation: Be sure to inspect the outside of your house and seal any visible gaps. Roots from nearby shrubs can also cause a problem if they are allowing water to enter through the foundation of the house.

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SERVPRO - Building Emergency Services

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Faster to Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton can help with all of your building emergencies.

SERVPRO is Faster To Any Size Disaster

24 Hour Emergency Service

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals provide emergency water restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

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A Fast Response Is Crucial

In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency.

An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals arrive quickly and start the water extraction process almost immediately.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes:

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

The History of Northeast Philadelphia

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

City of Philadelphia

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton is proud to be a part of this great section of our great City of Philadelphia. Information from:www.en.wikipedia.org  Northeast PhiladelphiaNot to be confused with North Philadelphia East.Northeast PhiladelphiaNeighborhood of PhiladelphiaPenn Treaty Park in Fishtown<object5E48-4F44-BBA6-A5E4DAD52D2F" data="blob:https://franchiseadmin.SERVPRO.com/5ef2b421-7741-4ca3-8bf1-531eb785d5d1"application/x-apple-msg-attachment" width="240" height="258" data-file-width="536" data-file-height="575">Map of Philadelphia County with Northeast highlighted, which contains the Near Northeast neighborhood. Click for larger image.Country<object261B-4110-9880-A6EE5C6F9C63" data="blob:https://franchiseadmin.SERVPRO.com/4b01c2df-2068-42dc-909c-cdc2121109ef"application/x-apple-msg-attachment" width="23" height="12" data-file-width="1235" data-file-height="650"> United States of AmericaState<object70A1-44F4-AA25-238E77CBCD81" data="blob:https://franchiseadmin.SERVPRO.com/ab536639-8947-40b3-bdf5-c1f8d99aa055"application/x-apple-msg-attachment" width="23" height="15" data-file-width="675" data-file-height="450"> PennsylvaniaCounty<object4CF3-4910-86FA-05904C679EA9" data="blob:https://franchiseadmin.SERVPRO.com/2fa6aa95-b3ef-402a-8778-478a13be478d"application/x-apple-msg-attachment" width="23" height="15" data-file-width="800" data-file-height="533">PhiladelphiaCity<object40DD-4649-8CFD-B38B2D6C7676" data="blob:https://franchiseadmin.SERVPRO.com/2fa6aa95-b3ef-402a-8778-478a13be478d"application/x-apple-msg-attachment" width="23" height="15" data-file-width="800" data-file-height="533">PhiladelphiaArea • Total50.8 sq mi (132 km2)Population (2010) • Total528,810 • Density10,455/sq mi (4,037/km2)ZIP code19111, 19124, 19135, 19149, 19152, 19114, 19115, 19116, 19136, 19154

Northeast Philadelphia, nicknamed Northeast Philly, the Northeast and the Great Northeast, is a section of the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. According to the 2000 Census, the Northeast has a sizable percentage of the city's 1.547 million people[1]—a population of between 300,000 and 450,000, depending on how the area is defined. Beginning in the 1980s, many of the Northeast's middle class children graduated from college and settled in suburbs, especially nearby Bucks County. The Northeast is home to a large working class Irish American population,[2] but is also home to Polish, German, Jewish, Italian, and Russian neighborhoods.

Geography

Due to the size of the Northeast, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission divides it into two regions called "Near Northeast" and "Far Northeast", the names being derived from their distance from Center City. The term "Near Northeast" is not used colloquially ("Lower Northeast" is more commonly used), but the term "Far Northeast" is in widespread use. The demarcation line between the two sections is typically given as Cottman Avenue.[3]

Northeast Philadelphia is bounded by the Delaware River on the east, Bucks County on the north, and Montgomery County on the west. The southern limit is given as Frankford/Tacony Creek or Adams Avenue.[4]

The neighborhoods that make up Northeast Philadelphia include Crescentville, Lawndale, Rhawnhurst, Tacony, Holme Circle, Holmesburg, Upper Holmesburg, Mayfair, Morrell Park, Oxford Circle, Bustleton, Parkwood, Somerton, Fox Chase, Castor Gardens, Burholme, Bell's Corner, Normandy, Summerdale, Modena Park, Pennypack Woods, and Winchester Park.

History

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Early European settlement

The first European settlement in the Northeast was by Swedish farmers, who emigrated there when the area was a part of the New Sweden colony.[5] They were followed by English Quakers, including Thomas Holme, who came to begin the settlement of William Penn's Pennsylvania colony in the late 1680s. In the years to follow, Northeast Philadelphia developed as a scattering of small towns and farms that were a part of Philadelphia County, but not the City of Philadelphia. Before consolidation with the City, what is now the Northeast consisted of the townships of Byberry, Delaware, Lower Dublin, Moreland, and Oxford, (largely rural areas); and the boroughs of Bridesburg, Frankford, and White Hall, which were more urbanized.[6]

Growth in industry and farming

While most of the land in what is now the Northeast was dedicated to farming, the presence of many creeks, along with proximity to Philadelphia proper, made the towns of the Northeast suitable for industrial development. The Northeast's first factory was the Rowland Shovel Works on the Pennypack Creek. In 1802, it produced the first shovel made in the United States.[7] More mills and factories followed along the Pennypack and Frankford Creeks, and traces of the mill races and dams remain to this day. The most famous of these factories was the Disston Saw Works in Tacony, founded by English industrialist Henry Disston, whose saw blades were world-renowned.[7][8]

Consolidation and population increase

By 1854, the entire County of Philadelphia was incorporated into the City.[6] In spite of the political incorporation, the Northeast retained its old development patterns for a time, and the dense populations and urban style of housing that marked older, more traditional sections of the city had not yet found their way there.[9] In the first three decades of the 20th century, rapid industrialization led to the growth of industrial sections of the northeast and the neighborhoods surrounding them.[10] These demographic changes, along with the building of the Market-Frankford Line train and new arterial highways, such as the Roosevelt Boulevard, brought new middle class populations to the lower half of the Northeast.[11] Vast tracts of row homes were built in that section of the Northeast for new arrivals in the 1920s and 1930s, typically with small, but valued front lawns, which impart a "garden suburb" quality to much of the Northeast, reducing the sense of physical density felt elsewhere in the city.[12] Much of this development occurred east of Roosevelt Boulevard (Mayfair, Torresdale) and in Oxford Circle.[11]

Post-war growth

After World War II, newer arrivals, armed with the mortgage benefits of the GI Bill, brought the baby boom to the Northeast. This newer population was heavily Jewish or ethnic Catholic[13] (including Irish-, Italian-, Polish-, and German-Americans) and completed the development of the region, filling in undeveloped areas of Rhawnhurst and Bell's Corner and developing the previously rural Far Northeast. As older sections of the city lost populations of young families, the Northeast's school-age population swelled, requiring rapid expansion of schools, libraries, cinemas, shopping, transportation, restaurants and other needed amenities.[14]

The period from 1945 through the 1970s was marked in many American cities by urban decline in older, more industrial areas. This was especially true in Philadelphia, in which much of the city's North, West and South sections lost population, factories, jobs and commerce, especially associated with "white flight." During the postwar period, the Northeast experienced a heavy influx of growing middle-class families, and had become an almost exclusively white community. This aroused controversy in the 1960s and 1970s, as passions for and against school busing were focused on the Northeast, to address racial imbalances, especially in the city's public schools. That racial imbalance was ultimately addressed by the upward mobility enjoyed by many of the graduates of the Northeast's excellent public and parochial school systems, who made their way out of the Northeast and into the suburbs from the 1980s onward, making room for new arrivals from the city's Latino, African American and Asian populations.[15]

A separate identity

In the 1980s, the Northeast developed along a separate path from much of the rest of the city. In addition to the racial differences mentioned above, the political climate in the Northeast was balanced evenly between Republicans and Democrats, while the rest of the city almost uniformly voted for the latter party.[16] As a result, many Northeasters became more and more discontented with the high city taxes and a perceived imbalance in the services they received for them.[17] This discontent grew to give rise to a secessionist movement, led by State Senator Frank "Hank" Salvatore, among others. Salvatore introduced a bill in the State Senate to allow the Northeast to become a separate county called Liberty County, but the bill failed to progress beyond this stage.[17] As the Philadelphia economy grew stronger, and most discontented people fled to the suburbs, and a new, more popular mayor, Ed Rendell, was elected, the call for secession waned, and the section settled back into life as a part of the city.

Today, the Northeast enjoys greater racial balance and relative stability. The region is uniformly developed, but like many American urban communities, it has witnessed the loss of manufacturing, factory conversions to marginal retail "outlets," and growing vacancies along shopping avenues, especially in the southern part of the region. During the housing boom of the first decade of the 21st century, property tax advantages granted to new construction within the city limits led to a growth in residential units and an escalation of existing home prices in the Northeast.[18]

Demographics

According to the 2010 census, 432,073 people live in the Northeast section of Philadelphia.[19] (Map)

Racial demographics

  • Non-Hispanic White: 252,022 (58.3%)
  • Non-Hispanic Black: 77,681 (18.0%)
  • Hispanic or Latino of any race: 60,020 (13.9%)
  • Asian: 31,658 (7.3%)
  • Mixed or Other: 10,692 (2.5%)
  • Native American: 7,777 (1.8%)[20]

Irish Americans

See also: History of the Irish Americans in Philadelphia and Philadelphia nativist riots

The Irish have been in the city of Philadelphia since the pre-American Revolution period. The spur of the Irish Famine drew many Irish immigrants to the city.

Today, the Irish in Philadelphia make up 14.2% of the city's population, the largest ethnicity in the city.[21] Although there are Irish in almost every area of the city, they still are predominantly located within Northeast Philadelphia,[2] especially in neighborhoods such as Kensington, Fishtown, and Mayfair.

Political representation and government

While Philadelphia as a whole is heavily Democratic, there is consistent competition between Republicans and Democrats in some parts of the Northeast. Republicans currently hold two of the State House seats, and a portion of another, in the Northeast and one non at-large Philadelphia City Council seat. As of 2011, no Republican represents any part of the Northeast in the United States Congress, with the exception of the small portion within the 8th district.[22]

U.S. House of Representatives

Almost all of Northeast Philadelphia is in the 13th Congressional District of Pennsylvania, and is currently represented by Brendan Boyle. Some small parts of the section fall into the 1st, 2nd district or 8th districts.[23]

Pennsylvania legislature

Senate

In the Pennsylvania State Senate, most of the Northeast is in the 5th district, represented by John P. Sabatina, Jr.,[24] while smaller parts are represented by Shirley Kitchen (the 3rd district),[25] and Tina Tartaglione[26] (the 2nd district)[23] All are Democrats.

House of Representatives

The Northeast is split among several State House districts, including those of Democrats Ed Neilson, Kevin Boyle, Michael Driscoll, Jared Solomon, Jason Dawkins, and Isabella Fitzgerald, and Republican Martina White. Republicans John Taylor and Tom Murt also represents part of the Northeast.[27]

Philadelphia City Council

In the Philadelphia City Council, the Far Northeast is represented by the 10th district councilman and Council Minority (Republican) Leader, Brian O'Neill.[28] The Lower Northeast is divided among five other council districts, all represented by Democrats, including the 1st, represented by Mark Squilla, the 5th, represented by Council President Darrell Clarke, the 6th, represented by Bobby Henon, the 7th, represented by Maria Quiñones-Sanchez,[29] and the 9th, represented by Marian Tasco.[30][31] Republican Denny O'Brien, who represented parts of the Northeast for several decades in the State House, now holds one of the Council's at-large seats.

Mayor of Philadelphia

The Republican candidate for mayor of Philadelphia in 2007, Al Taubenberger, resides in the Northeast.[32]

Public safety

The Philadelphia Police Department patrols four districts within its Northeast Division, including the 7th and 8th districts in the Far Northeast, and the 2nd and 15th in the Near Northeast.

Economy and attractions

Northeast Philadelphia is home to Philadelphia Mills, formerly known as Franklin Mills, a shopping mall that was built on what was once Liberty Bell Park Racetrack, and is one of the most visited attractions in the state.[33] The lower sections of the Northeast still boast pleasant shopping avenues lined by stores and restaurants, such as Castor Avenue. Major shopping centers along Cottman Avenue include, the Cottman-Bustleton Center, and the Roosevelt Mall which opened in 1964 at Cottman Avenue and the Roosevelt Boulevard.[34]

Also present in the Northeast are two nationally recognized medical establishments, Friends Hospital[35] and Fox Chase Cancer Center.[36]

Prior to its disestablishment, Ransome Airlines had its headquarters on the grounds of Northeast Philadelphia Airport.[37]

Education

The first school was founded in the Northeast in 1723 by Silas Crispin, Thomas Holme's son-in-law.[38] The Northeast is home to Fox Chase Farm, an educational facility that is the only working farm left in the Philadelphia city limits.[39]

Colleges and universities

The main campus of Holy Family University is located in Northeast Philadelphia. The university, founded in 1954, has more than two thousand students.[40]

Primary and secondary schools

The School District of Philadelphia operates public schools in the area. Public high schools in the area include Northeast, Abraham Lincoln, Samuel S. Fels High School, Frankford, George Washington.[41] and Swenson. Several publicly funded charter high schools also operate in Northeast Philadelphia, including Philadelphia Academy, MaST, Franklin Towne and Maritime Academy Charter High School. Northeast Philadelphia is also home to a public magnet school, The Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia operates Catholic schools. Catholic high schools in Northeast Philadelphia include Archbishop Ryan, Father Judge, Cardinal Dougherty, Northeast Catholic, and St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls.[42] It was announced in October 2009 that both Cardinal Dougherty and Northeast Catholic would be closed due to decreasing enrollments.[citation needed] Nazareth Academy is an independent Catholic high school founded and operated by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.

News media

A free weekly newspaper, the Northeast Times, is distributed throughout the Northeast. A second free newspaper, the Northeast News Gleaner, was also printed there until it closed December 11, 2008. Two citywide newspapers, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, both dailies, also cover the Northeast.

Recreation

A prominent geographic feature and recreation destination in Northeast Philadelphia is Pennypack Creek, which runs through Pennypack Park. The park's 1,600 acres (6.5 km2) of woodlands span the width of the Northeast, and serve as a natural oasis amid urban development. The park is home to the oldest stone arch bridge still in use in the United States, built in 1697 on what is now Frankford Avenue.[43][44] The section is also home to many playgrounds and smaller parks, including Burholme Park.

Transportation

The Northeast's main highways are Interstate 95 (Delaware Expressway).[13] and Roosevelt Boulevard (U.S. 1)[13] Secondary major arteries include Cottman Avenue (PA 73), Frankford Avenue (US 13), Woodhaven Road (PA 63), Grant Avenue, Oxford Avenue (PA-232), State Road, Bustleton Avenue (PA-532), Bridge Street, Harbison Avenue, and Academy Road.

The Tacony-Palmyra Bridge, the only Delaware River crossing in Philadelphia not operated by the Delaware River Port Authority (thus resulting in a cheaper toll), allows one to drive between the Tacony section of the city and Palmyra, New Jersey.[45]

The Northeast is also served by SEPTA's Market-Frankford Line, often called the "Frankford El" or "the El" because portions of the rail line are elevated above streets below, including Frankford and Kensington avenues. The northernmost and easternmost terminus of the line is at the Frankford Transportation Center, Frankford Avenue and Bridge Street. Three commuter rail lines also serve the Northeast. An extension of the Broad Street Line along Roosevelt Boulevard has been proposed. Many SEPTA bus routes and all three of its trackless trolley routes run through the Northeast, although north-south buses run more frequently than west-east ones. Most north-south routes terminate at the Frankford Transportation Center.[46]

One of two airports that serve Philadelphia, Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE), is located in this section of the city. PNE is the sixth busiest airport in Pennsylvania.[47]

National Ice Cream Day

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

Bassets Ice Cream since 1861

A great history lesson on Bassets Ice Cream

Found at: www.bassettsicecream.com

1861 — Lewis Dubois Bassett, a Quaker school teacher and farmer, begins making ice cream in his Salem, NJ backyard using a mule-turned churn.

1885 — L.D. begins selling his ice cream from a location at 5th & Market Streets in Philadelphia.

1892 — The Reading Terminal Market opens; Bassetts Ice Cream opens a retail store and moves production into the basement.

1906 — Lewis Lafayette continues operations after the death of his father.

1917 — L.L. dies; his wife, Louise Austin Bassett, assumes management until her son is ready to take over.

1925 — Lewis Lafayette, Jr., the third generation, takes over management of the ice cream store and production at the age of 21.

1935 — L.L., Jr. ships 10 quarts of ice cream, packed in dry ice, via freighter from New York through the Panama Canal to the American Embassy in Tokyo. The voyage takes several weeks but the ice cream arrives in perfect condition.

1959 — L.L., Jr. produces 50 tubs of borscht ice cream for Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.

1961 — Bassetts celebrates its 100th Anniversary.

1973 — Production moves to 20th & Fairmount Streets in Philadelphia.

1973 — Ann Bassett, great granddaughter of the founder and daughter of L.L., Jr., joins the company.

1975 — Bassetts begins the largest expansion in the company’s 114-year history.

1976 — Ann Bassett is named President after L.L., Jr. retires after 51 years.

1983 — Michael Strange, great-great grandson of the founder, enters the family business.

1986 — L.L., Jr. dies at the age of 82.

1989 — Michael is named President; Ann is CEO.

1994 - Ann Bassett retires, but continues to receive monthly deliveries of Bassetts Ice Cream at her home. 

1996 — Bassetts introduces the Bassetts Ice Cream Sandwich.

2000 — Bassetts introduces website.

2008 – Bassetts Ice Cream is served in China!

2010 – Bassetts introduces six (6) new flavors—Guatemalan Ripple, Matcha, Macadamia Nut, Mango, Peanut Butter Cup and Pomegranate Blueberry Chunk—AND serves ice cream to President Obama at the Bassetts counter in the Reading Terminal Market!

2011 – Bassetts Ice Cream celebrates 150 years!

2011 – Bassetts presents the Bassetts Belgian Chocolate Dipped Super Premium Ice Cream Bar.

2012 – Bassetts introduces the Belgian Chocolate Dipped Caramel Sea Salt Ice Cream Bar.

2012 - China partner James Sun opens three new Bassetts locations in China!

2013 - Bassetts announces two new products--Ice Cream Truffles and Ice Cream Cakes.

 Lewis Dubois
1861-1906 
Lewis Lafayette
1906-1917 
Louise Austin
1917-1925 
Lewis Lafayette, Jr.
1925-1976 
Ann Bassett
1976-1989 
Michael Strange
1989-Present

Emergency Preparedness

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Emergency Preparedness in Pennypack/Bustleton

Why should we be prepared for disaster??

  1. We can minimize damages done to properties if we can address it as soon as possible
  2. We can save money
  3. Most importantly, we can save lives.

Throwing out a statistic…

Did you know that 50% of businesses may never recover after suffering a disaster? Of the businesses that do survive, had a preparedness plan in place.

Now you’re wondering what in the world is an Emergency Ready Profile?????

This profile is a plan to put in place at a business to help prepare for a disaster, and put everyone involved immediately in action when this occurs. What kind of disasters could occur you ask???

Well, anything could happen!! Disasters always strike without warning. Unfortunately, it is the nature of the beast, and nothing we can immediately control, but what we can control is our preparation and reaction. Types of disasters that could occur:

  • Natural disasters such as floods or earthquakes
  • Sump pump failures
  • Office fires
  • Pipe bursts
  • Leaks

...and so much more…

You are itching to learn about what’s included in an Emergency Ready Profile, so here we go….

This profile consists of essential information to know in case of disaster; it is a concise documentation that only contains the critical information necessary. This includes relevant contact information needed during a crisis event such as the maintenance contact, facility manager, insurance, plumber, etc. It also contains pictures and locations of the shut offs for utilities such as the water or gas. It provides a detailed description of where to go, if you need a key or not, and the contact information of that company. WOAH! Not only all of this, but you can download it as a MOBILE APP! That’s right, this gets more and more convenient as you keep reading.

Now, you’re thinking, what’s the catch?

Well, you would be wrong, because there is no catch! It is a NO COST ASSESSMENT OF YOUR FACILITY…

All it does is provide you with all the tools necessary during a disaster, and a SERVPRO professional will create this document for you and your employees at no cost.

Want more details on the Emergency Ready Profile and what it contains? Or do you want to get started with one? Give us a call at (215)-671-777

SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton is here to help!

“Like it never even happened.®”

HVAC/Duct Cleaning Services: What?!

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Our vents can get pretty icky! Avoid potential mold growth and health risks-get your vents checked!!

What is SERVPRO most known for?

SERVPRO is most known for Fire & Water Damage Restoration Services. Our logos even mention these, so why wouldn't they be the most well known services? Not only this, but they are generally the most common types.

Yes, SERVPRO does fire and water damage restoration which is super important, but can also provide other kinds of specialized services you may not know about.

Did you know we do mold remediation?

Did you know we Bio Hazard Clean-Up?

Did you know we do Storm Damage Clean-Up?

And for my topic today, did you know that we do HVAC/Duct Cleaning ?

Yes, it is a surprise to most. At one of my Networking Groups, I had a guy come up to me and asked, "Do you know of anyone that does Duct cleaning?"

I looked at him, smiled and replied, "I sure do, SERVPRO."

OK, story time over, but you get the idea.

Now, we do all kinds of cleaning such as carpet cleaning, Biohazard, ceilings, floors, walls, drapes, blinds, odor removal, sewage/toilet overflow, vandalism, commercial, residential, & HVAC/Duct cleaning...PHEW! That's a lot. What's interesting is that no one knows about this. Very few people I meet tell me they knew we did all these kinds of cleaning. 

Air Duct Cleaning is one of those services people don't know about.

What is air duct cleaning you ask? Well, here's a text book definition from the Environmental Protection Agency: 

"Duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing."

In other words...air duct cleaning is cleaning out your ventilation systems. Doing this will clear the vents, and therefore, clean your air. People never think about air inside the safety of their home. Why would you? You're safe and sound inside where no evil pollen can get you. Well, unfortunately, if your ducts aren't given attention to for long periods of time then contaminants such as pollen can be circulating in your indoor air. 

Did you know that if HVAC systems have been operating for awhile without being checked can be circulating contaminants such as pollen, dust, odors, dirt/debris, etc.? Yuck, right?! If you haven't had yours checked in awhile, it can't hurt to make sure your indoor air quality isn't pure. Cleaning these systems can reduce potential health risks such as allergies. 

Play it safe, clean those ducts! Hey, the cleanings aren't always necessary. Have a SERVPRO professional come check it out, and we will recommend the method of strategy. This will not only save you money, but you will gain peace of mind knowing you & your family are breathing in clean air. 

What will you benefit from servicing your HVAC unit????

  • It helps to restore peak energy efficiency
  • Assist in eliminating odors
  • Reduce potential for mold growth

Yes, you saw that. Mold growth. If the HVAC system isn't cleaned for a long time, mold can begin to grow. 

Need more information, or paranoid about your HVAC system now? Call us at (215)-536-7989 with any questions you have!

We're always here to help, and will help make your HVAC system back to normal ... "Like it never even happened."

3 Categories of Water: What's the difference?!

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding can cause serious water damage! Especially during the spring with lots of rain.

What is important about understanding the 3 categories of water? 

The three types of categories are listed as follows: Clean Water, Gray Water, & Black Water. Clean water sounds like it would be safest, right?

Well

you are correct, the clean water is in fact the safest! It's important to understand the differences between these categories simply because if you are in a situation where you have a flooded basement or garage, you should know if the water is safe or not. Here I will go into detail on what each category stands for:

Category 1: Clean Water

Category 1 Water, or clean, is treated water that doesn't contain waste products. This kind of water have very few health risks to humans. Typically the source of this kind of water comes from overflowed sinks, pipe bursts, or even from Natural Disasters pulling up roofs letting rain inside. Again, this kind of water is typically not dangerous and has not been in use quite yet.

Category 2: Gray Water

You know that phrase that says you can either look at things black vs white or look into the gray areas to see a little mixture of both? Or did I not describe that right? Either way, this is similar to that concept. It is not completely clean, but not completely super dangerous either. Gray water has been used and carries waste, but it does not contain human waste.

Yes, this water isn't typically presented with hazardous material, however, it can still be dangerous to humans. Sources of gray water can come from an overflowing washing machine or toilet water with none of that "#2" included is also considered in this category. As I mentioned, this kind of water can cause sickness to humans if touched, drank from, or any other contact. AKA be careful with this category.

Category 3: Black Water

Dun dun dunnn! We are on to Category 3.

This water is 100% unsanitary--aka don't go near this stuff if possible. This kind of water could potentially cause disease. The source of black water is typically from sewage back-ups or that toilet overflow with you know what.

Those as well as FLOODS. This is so, because during floods the rift tends to pick up all kinds of debris! You have no clue what the water could pick up: disease, hazardous material, chemicals, who knows! It's safe to assume it's probably not safe. You will always have to clean materials impacted from this type of water.

Congratulations! You now know the differences between clean, gray, and black water. As a property owner, this is important knowledge to have in case of a flood or water damage of some sort. It’s always best to stay safe :)

Have water damage? Flood? Call the restoration professionals! SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton is here for you during stressful times! Give us a call if you need us or simply have any questions at (215)-536-7989. We’ll make that water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Be Ready for Any Emergency Coming your Way!

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

What do you do to prepare for a snowstorm this winter?

A huge snowstorm is on the radar? What do you do in case of a blizzard or extreme cold? There are ways to properly prepare for this kind of weather, so everyone involved is safe! These strategies implemented will assist in making sure you have all the necessary items for these situations, who to call, etc. 

We're here to help! First things first, always put together a communication plan for family or employees. This is so everyone knows the best form of contact with each other, where to go once disaster strikes, and simply what to do when this happens.

According to Ready.gov, you should always be prepared with an emergency kit that will contain essential items one would need in a disaster situations. This kits would contain items such as: one gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days, food, battery powered radio, first aid kit, and more! These type of items are extremely important to have in an emergency situation. In a horrible blizzard you may lose power, then how would you see in the house? Pack a flashlight in your kit. 

Listed on Ready.gov are the important items needed in an emergency situation: 

1. Water (1 gallon per person per day)

2. Food

3. Battery powered radio

4. Flashlight

5. First Aid 

6. Extra batteries

7. Maps

More listed on ready.gov! 

OK, my emergency kit is ready...now what? 

Well, now you must prepare your property. What does that mean? 

Keep warm air inside! This means keep the house as warm as possible. If the air drops too low, and your house can't remain warm, that will not be fun. 

Part of being prepared means understanding where things are, and how to shut them off. For instance, what if you use a space heater incorrectly by putting it too close to an object and that object catches on fire? DON'T PANIC! You prepared for this...you showed everyone in the family how to use a fire extinguisher. PHEW, close one!!!

The situation listed above is a good example of how to be prepared. The damage could have been a ton worse if the parties involved didn't know how to use a fire extinguisher. Knowing this information as well as know where water shut offs are will be important information to know. For instance, you're going on vacation to Hawaii during the month of January where it expects to get VERY COLD. Lucky you for getting to go to Hawaii. You should probably shut off your water to avoid freezing pipes. You're already running late for your flight and you need to do this one last thing: turn off the water. But WAIT, you learned where the water shut off is and how to shut it off, so you turn it off quickly, run out the door, and make your flight. It's that easy!

Congratulations, you learned some ways to prepare for the cold!! But, that's not it! There's so much more you can learn...stay tuned for our next blog! We'll tell you some more strategies on how to be prepared this winter.

For your home or business, you can implement our Emergency Readiness Profile (AKA ERP). With this we will put together an organized list of who to call, where all utility shut offs are, important insurance information & more!  SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton is Faster to Any Sized Disaster and with this ERP, you can minimize damages to your home or property. How though?! You'll learn in future blogs :) 

Call SERVPRO of Pennypack/Bustleton at (215)536-7989 if you need us, we'll make any damage look "Like it never even happened."

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