Recent Storm Damage Posts

Thunderstorm Facts: Heavy Storms!

10/21/2020 (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?

10/21/2020 (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.

There Is NO Storm Damage Too Large For SERVPRO!

10/20/2020 (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!

Flooding: Stemming From Storms!

10/19/2020 (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.

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."

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!

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."

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."

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.

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!

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 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!

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

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

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

Hurricane Florence

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

Florence Response and Recovery

SERVPROs from across the Country are ready to respond

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!

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

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!

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

Picture by: https://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2017/06/21/how-one-philadelphia-neighborhood-battles-rising-tides/

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.  

Content by: https://www.valuepenguin.com/homeowners-insurance/how-to-prevent-home-flooding

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."