Rain Rain Go Away
I have not seen this much rain in one day as today in the Berks county and Montgomery county areas. It has been non stop rain, heavy rain at that. I mean heavy, one of the major roads here was closed for a puddling of water on the roadway no one could get through. That is just one example of amount of water in the area. Some of the area is under flood warning. Tropical storm Fay is to blame for all this rain in fact I heard 3 to 5 inches of water when the storm ends. The bottom line is that there is nothing that will keep us from getting to our customers when they need us because we at SERVPRO live "Like it never even happened."
A person alone
On the date of June 7, we got a call to do a Biohazard job. It seems by the way that the landlord was talking to me about the job, when he called that the woman in question had died in her apartment. With that info we went in to the apartment, and found a mess of body fluids and flies everywhere. So with full PPE we began the job of doing the cleaning for the Biohazard. Our dumpster guy set up and we began to clean the apartment, one thing that we noticed was that there were feces spots and urine spots under the clothing on the floor. This meant we had to gut the entire apartment so with that in mind we started to gut the apartment. It was so sad that poor lady she passed and did not have anyone to fend for her.
Here comes the rain again
As it says in the heading here comes the rain again. And it is a whopper of a forecast we have in the Philadelphia area. In fact the long range outlook is that it looks like a rainy season ahead of us. In the Pottstown area just today there was a suspected tornado that moved through. All of these things add up to damage in the home or business. This means a spike in business for SERVPRO, weather it is due to water or storm or both our SERVPRO team is ready to fight the issues that come up with water loss or storm damage. You can bet that our trained technicians can handle it. Because here at SERVPRO we live by the model "Like it never even happened."
What do I do?
As we come together once again, in the middle of a public health crisis it will be very important to get back in the swing of things as easily as possible. We have a crisis on our hands and tackling it will be very strategic and measured so as to not promote the increase of the virus. We can all do our part to make the switch back to the "normal" world as easy as possible. As Gov Wolf stated many times people have to do their part. As part of one of the nation's largest restoration companies we can lead the way. They say that we lead by example, the way we do our work and the quality will speak louder than words. SERVPRO: "Like it never even happened."
Do you know fire?
The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of smoke. There are 2 different types of smoke-wet and dry. As a result there are different types of soot residue. SERVPRO has the training needed in fire cleanup and restoration and they know the different types of smoke and the way they usually behave. You see the way a fire job is handled is related to the result you will obtain when the job is finished. Did you know SERVPRO professionals are trained in the latest way of handling a fire loss? For example hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure. Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes. SERVPRO has the know-how to make certain your property is like pre loss condition.
Have you checked the smoke detectors
The national fire protection association recommends that smoke detectors be installed in every bedroom, outside of all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house. Smoke alarms work best when they are combined with a fire evacuation route that allows your family or customers a way to safety. Smoke detectors should be on every level of the home including the basement. They should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms and at least 10 feet from all appliances. Test your detectors at least once per month by using the test button at the bottom of every smoke detector. If it begins to randomly chirp change the batteries immediately. Smoke detectors are only good for ten years after that they need to be replaced.
Think SERVPRO is just fire and water mitigation? Think again. We are a multi-faceted company that not only does water and fire mitigation but also mold remediation and abatement, bio hazard clean up and general cleaning. We do everything from cleaning carpets to sewer backups to mold removal and any type of bodily fluid cleaning. You just never know what situation you may walk into; that is why it is good to know SERVPRO has the knowledge to do the job right the first time. We are here in your local community and we are available to you or anyone you may know 24 hours a day. That's right any time give us a call and we will take care of the issue.
Is it raining?
When you own and operate a business you have the responsibility to always protect your employees and customers. One of the ways this is done is by installing a sprinkler system in case of a fire. For the most part sprinklers are the best defense against the fire allowing precious moments for people to escape until the fire department can get on site and begin the work. What happens when the sprinkler system malfunctions? This is exactly the case that this picture shows. There was a software glitch that set off the sprinkler system overnight. Thankfully no one was in the building at the time and there were no reported injuries. As you can see the ceiling itself collapsed under the weight from the built up water.
Some of us watch the weather like it is our job and we let it dictate our lives. We try to plan events around certain times of the year to be able to avoid having to cancel due to a nasty storm. Sometimes no matter what you do, you will find yourself in the path of a horrific storm. The Midwest and deep south has seen the storms in the form of tornadoes. They lash out and no one can stop the path of a tornado. It is not always, but we get tornadoes in Pennsylvania every once in a while. What would you do if you were in that situation? It is something to ponder because it does happen and if you get caught in a storm SERVPRO will be here.
As the old saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. In some cases, they also bring unwelcome water intrusions to your home or business. We have had higher than normal amounts of moisture in the ground via snow melt and rain storms this past winter. With this the ground is completely saturated and that can cause sump pump failures as well as general leaking through foundations. If left untreated, the water can become hazardous to your health. Most of the time the water is too much for people to handle on their own. They usually try to vacuum it with a wet dry vac but it is not always enough. You will need to call in help who can come armed with air movers and to properly mitigate the issue.