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Communities come together

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

On the night of July 27, 1994 the Limerick PA community suffered a horrific plight.  An F-3 tornado roared through the area and left absolute devastation in it's path.  It's rare to have a tornado in our area let alone, after 10pm so there were absolutely no warnings issued for a possible tornado from the National Weather Service based out of Mount Holly.  When the storm ripped through, it claimed the life of 3 people in one home and completely destroyed a few others.  Remembering how the community came together to support those, brings a warm feeling as opposed to the dread and horror we felt learning of the storm and the aftermath of the clean up.  Our team is always at the ready to help in any way we can.  Should you ever need our services, please reach out.  We're available 24/7 at 610-327-9644.

Leaky water heaters

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

Water heaters provide us with hot water to wash clothes, take long showers or to fill up the bathtub for a soak after a hard day. We all enjoy these conveniences, but everything comes with a caveat. What happens when the water heater leaks? A water heater was sitting on a sleeper floor and it had a very slow leak. The homeowners weren't alerted to anything because they didn't notice a drop in water pressure or anything that would tip them off. If this had been placed in a more prominent part of the home or if there was a significant change in water pressure or temperature, this situation could have been rectified. We recommend that you check your furnace, water heaters and other appliances at least once a month to spot problems before they start. Please reach out to our office 24/7 if you have any issue!  610-327-9644

Downspouts and drainage

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

Proper drainage and downspouts go hand in hand in preventing all types of water damage issues for you home or business.  If downspouts aren't long enough to carry the water away from the foundation it can leak through the ground and cause cracks.  It can also create general rot of any plants or shrubbery near your structure. But how do you know how long your downspouts need to be?  The general rule of thumb is at least 6 feet and you can achieve this by using downspout extensions.  You can use aluminum or plastic depending on your preference. Should you find yourself in our local service area from Pottstown to Souderton and everywhere in between, please feel free to reach out to us any time for an assessment of any damage. 610-327-9644

One Team

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Pottstown/Souderton has teamed up with our King of Prussia franchise a few times in the past year to complete some pretty large losses in our area.  One of which was in Collegeville PA.  We had a rather large mold loss and we called in our back up, so to speak.  We got the environmental hygienist to come out and do air quality testing.  Once those results came back we followed the protocol as written and assembled all the team players. The job was completed in approximately 2 weeks and the post testing passed with flying colors. Working together is what we do to ensure that our customers, residential or commercial, get the best results. Please reach out to us any time at 610-327-9644.  We're here to help and we always act as #oneteam

Teamwork!

4/30/2022 (Permalink)

When a fire broke out in a dryer at a local laundromat, SERVPRO of Pottstown/Souderton responded to the call and began work as soon as the fire chief released the building to us. The fire itself was primarily contained to one unit, but the smoke and soot damage was throughout the entire building. We needed to rent specialty equipment to properly clean all nooks and crannies of the entire space. It took a solid 4 days, but with hard work and dedication we were able to remove all the odors left by the fire and get the building back to it's preloss condition.  Everyone working as a team is the best way to achieve the best outcome. We're proud of our technicians and so thankful the owner gave us the opportunity to help in their time of need. 

Pollen and ducts

4/28/2022 (Permalink)

When was the last time you had your HVAC unit serviced?  At that point, did you also have the duct work cleaned?  Dirt, pollen, debris, rodents and bacteria build up in the ductwork over time and need to be cleaned. Poor indoor air quality can lead to a host of problems that no one wants. Everything from dry, scratchy throats to a full blown "allergy attack". As a general rule, ducts  should be cleaned at least 2 times per year. Commercial duct cleaning is a service offered by SERVPRO of Pottstown/Souderton for all of our customers; residential and commercial.  Perhaps you just purchased a home, or moved your business into a new space? You should consider putting duct cleaning on the top of your priority list!  We're here in your neighborhood and we're happy to help.  Give us a call!  610-327-9644

Always Available

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

There are many commercial buildings that SERVPRO of Pottstown/Souderton service.  We are not just your local mom and pop shop even though we are independently owned and operated. We have the backing of an entire franchise system to be able to assist you in your time of need. Our Disaster Recovery Team and our Storm Teams are ready at the drop of a hat. We service our local community from Pottstown, 19464 to Souderton, 18964 and everywhere in between. Did your business suffer a fire or water loss? We can help! Is your building full of mold? We've got that covered as well. Was there a bio-hazard or trauma that occurred? We strive to provide the best customer service no matter how large or small. We're here for our neighbors 24/7.  Give us a call! 610-327-9644 

Puff backs

4/14/2022 (Permalink)

Puff backs are a common occurrence in our industry especially over the winter months.  Comprised of home heating oil and soot, the amount of damage is staggering.  It doesn't look as drastic as a full blown fire, but it is certainly a large cleanup process and one that takes time. We recently completed a job in Pottstown, PA where the homeowner had suffered a puff back from her furnace. The house was built on a slab so the damage carried throughout the entire house.  It took a lot of people to coordinate the clean up process.  We brought in dry cleaners and specialists who know how to clean art and photographs to remove the soot build up so as not to damage the items any further. Working as a team is the best way to provide the best customer service!  Should you need our services, please reach out!  We are available 24/7 at 610-327-9644.

The difference between "Hail", "Sleet" and "Graupel"?

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

Here in Pottstown PA, we experience all types of precipitation throughout the year. this year was no exception with a mix of graupel, sleet and hail. What is the difference? The National Weather Service defines each as such:

"Graupel" - Heavily-rimed snow particles or snow pellets that can be irregularly-shaped. Riming process acts to "glue" snow crystals together and rain or partial melting adds an icy outer layer.  Graupel is usually less than 5mm in diameter and is typically white, soft, and crumbly and resembles snow more than hail or sleet". 

"Hail" - Hail forms via convective processes that exist in showers and cumuliform clouds.  Hail tends to be opaque/white while sleet is usually more transparent. Generally, if a "ball of ice" is greater than 5mm in diameter, it is considered hail as only convective processes would allow for such growth of the ice. 

"Sleet" - A hard, translucent ball of ice less than 5mm in diameter that bounces when it falls may be called sleet if it is formed the refreezing of liquid raindrops or partial melting of a snowflake.  This can occur via convective processes (when in a shower there is partial melting) or stratiform processes (i.e. overrunning of a stationary front).

**The term "ice pellets" may be used to describe either small hail or sleet, but not graupel. 

Storms like these always have the potential to bring water damages to your home or business.  The team at SERVPRO is ready to face that challenge! 

Spring Wildfires

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Burning yard debris

It’s springtime in Pennsylvania, that means its wildfire season. The greatest danger of wildfires occurs during the spring months of March, April, and May, and the autumn months of October and November. Did you know that 99 percent of all wildfires are caused by people? Most frequently they start in someone’s backyard and travel through dead grass and leaves into bordering woodlands.

According to the Pennsylvania Wildfire Statistics there was a total of 1,263 wildfires in the months of March, April, and May of last year (2021) and a total of 1,371 for the whole year. Of course, fires can happen during any month or time of day, destroying woodland and wildlife, threatening human lives, homes, and buildings.

It is very important that you check with your township for burn bans and local ordinances on burning. If you decide to burn any debris, keep a close eye on what you are burning and make sure the fire is out completely when you are done.

Happy Spring from SERVPRO of Pottstown!

resource from: https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Communities/Wildfire/Pages/default.aspx#:~:text=The%20greatest%20danger%20of%20wildfires,months%20of%20October%20and%20November.