Picture it, May 2018 Pottstown PA. Your house is under contract for sale and you are less than two weeks away from settlement when you have a massive water loss. The area has been inundated with rain for days on end and you've never had a flooded basement before, but here you are. You now need to get the basement mitigated, dried out, and reconstructed prior to settlement. What do you do? You call SERVPRO of Pottstown/Souderton 610-327-9644. We were not only able to complete the mitigation portion but we were able to get subcontractors in there to complete the recon portion of the job in under 1 week. When you have professionals working together to help our customers, anything is possible. We got the job done and they got their house sold!
ERP - What are they and how do they help?
50% of businesses may never reopen following a disaster...don't be one of them. Do you have a plan? How quickly can your company get back to "business as usual" if a disaster strikes? Contact your local SERVPRO Franchise and set up an ERP-Emergency Ready Program. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business including: Emergency Contact info, Shut-off Valve Locations and Priority Areas. The ERP is also accessible online; download SERVPRO's free Ready Plan app to access this info at any time. The ERP establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. Knowing what to do and who to call in advance is key to quick response and timely mitigation.
Contact your local SERVPRO franchise 610-327-9644 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SERVPROofpottstown/souderton
Is it still edible?
After a fire, is it safe to eat any of the food that you had stored? Once the fire marshal has determined it is safe for you to enter the premises to inspect the damage, the first thing you want to do is follow a checklist for safety.
Don't use any canned or pre-packaged food or beverages that may have been exposed to heat or contamination.
Do not attempt to shampoo the carpet or upholstered furniture.
Don't send any soft goods like draperies, clothing and bedding to a regular drycleaner. This needs to be done by a professional restoration company.
If you find yourself in this predicament, reach out to your local SERVPRO Franchise professionals at 610-327-9644 or connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SERVPROofpottstown/souderton
Wires, cords and fires.
If you are anything like me, you do not think that a little nick or chunk taken out of any sort of power cord, could cause damage, let alone a full scale fire. I'm very guilty of this and I have just wrapped electrical tape around them instead of replacing the cord itself. but how did the cuts and nicks get there in the first place? Is it from being walked on? Or just general wear and tear of plugging things in and out? For me, the culprit was a 4.5 pound little ball of fluff in the form of an adorable bunny rabbit. He's a cute little bugger but he's destructive so I must constantly keep my eyes on him. I can't begin to tell you how many replacement cords I've purchased. Always keep your eyes on your pets to avoid anything that could resemble a fire hazard.
Washers and dryers and fires.
According to the statistics from the National Fire Protection Association from 2010-2014 there was an estimated average of 15,970 home structure fires that involved a washing machine or dryer. Over that 4 year period there were 13 civilian deaths, 444 civilian injuries and $238 million in property damage. Most of the fires involved the dryer itself. When the dust, lint and fibers build up in the lint trap, it can cause a fire. As for the washer, those fires tend to be more related to that actual washer itself. Wire insulation, drive belts and housings or casings seem to be the culprit there. Your local SERVPRO franchise is trained to handle all sorts of fires, so give us a call if you need us. 610-327-9644
What's that smell?
Did you know that SERVPRO not only does fire and water restoration but also all types of cleaning. We do water, fire, soot, mold, bio-hazard, carpet, upholstery and all flooring. We use many chemicals and techniques in order to get the truest clean and the best odor removal. We have completely plant based, organic cleaners and we also utilize ozone machines in order to get the deepest clean possible. Ozone will get into every nook and cranny and will neutralize any odor. One of the things you must be aware of is that you can not be present in the home or business when using ozone. The machine should run for a minimum of 24 hours and our trained technicians will go into the home and open up all windows and doors to "air it out" for safe re-entry. Please call your local SERVPRO franchise to schedule an appointment for your whole house deep cleaning today. 610-327-9644
Hoarding and the clean up.
Due to popular TV shows in recent years, the phenomenon known as hoarding has been brought to the attention of the general public. According to an article published in Psychology Today, hoarding can relieve and add anxiety and stress to individuals who suffer with this disorder. It is estimated that approximately 1 in every 50 people suffer from the disorder. So what do you do when you run across a situation like this? You call in your local SERVPRO franchise who are trained and equipped to handle the clean out of a home or apartment that has been crammed with stuff. Most times we wear personal protective equipment when going into a home such as this as you never know what biological issues you may run across. Call us 24/7 and we'll be there to help. 610-327-9644
Old Man Winter
Old Man Winter brings beauty in the form of fresh fallen snow, glistening icicles and a general calmness. But when that's over, it's time to dig out the shovels and plows, clear roadways and then the dreaded salt on our cars. But what about the affects it has on our homes and businesses? Freezing temps can cause pipes to burst or freeze which then renders a water loss. If you don't have flood insurance, your claim may not be covered by your insurance. Double check your limits and coverage's so you don't get left out in the cold. Should you find yourself in need of our services, remember we are here for our neighbors 24/7. SERVPRO of Pottstown/Souderton. 610-327-9644.
No matter where you live in the United States, you are always surrounded by nature. And by nature, we mean animals. We believe most people feel uneasy when they come face to face with a skunk. Images of tomato juice baths and showers jump in our heads. Not to mention the smell. It's probably something you don't think about until it happens to you. So what do you do when your dog comes back in at night time and has been sprayed? They're going to roll on the floor and do the best they can to get the stinging smell off of themselves. Now your house wreaks of skunk. At SERVPRO of Pottstown/Souderton, we've seen this and have thoroughly cleaned homes after a skunk spray. Call our office at 610-327-9644 if you ever find yourself in need of our services...but we certainly hope you won't.
You do cleaning?
Are you selling your home? If you are, we can help! How? Well, we can come in and give your home the thorough clean it needs to add value so that you get every penny when it comes to sign on the dotted line. We can professionally clean your floors, be they hard wood, laminate or carpet. We can even deep clean your furniture so that when potential buyers walk into your living room, they aren't met with an unpleasant odor that you don't notice. We can also clean your ducts which will extend the life and efficiency of your HVAC unit. We can do all this and more! You didn't know SERVPRO did all that, well now you do! Give us a call at 610-327-9644 to set up an appointment with your local franchise!