Space heaters and power strips
If you work in any type of office setting one thing rings true no matter what type of business; no one can agree on the temperature of the office! Some like it cool, some like it warm, some don't seem to be affected either way. For those that get cold, they reach for the portable space heater. While there is nothing wrong with that, it all depends on how you use it. The most common way is to plug it into a power strip. While this may seem ideal, it's the most dangerous. The fires that are proven to have been started from space heaters and power strips is staggering. Space heaters should never be plugged into power strips or extension cords as they can not handle the current! Always plug them directly into the wall!
Do you have the proper size gutters on your home? How do you know; well follow this handy guide. 5 inch K-style gutters or 6-inch half-rounds, are able to handle the rainfall on most houses in most parts of the country. But houses with big, steep roofs or those located in heavy rainfall areas with heavy downpours may need wider gutters and extra downspouts to keep rainwater from overflowing.
First, you'll need to calculate the square footage of the gutter's drainage area. For a gable-end roof, you only need to make 2 calculations, one for each slope. Intersecting roofs have multiple facets. For those you'll need to add up the area (length x width) of each surface within a drainage area to get the total square footage. Contact a home improvement expert to offer help and advice!
When was the last time you looked at your homeowners insurance policy? Do you know what you are covered for? More importantly, do you know what will not be a covered loss? Most people don't. Ground water is never covered by any insurance carrier. If it doesn't physically happen inside the walls of the home, chances are it is not covered. If your sump pump fails for whatever reason and you don't have sewer and drain back up, it won't be a covered loss. All these things you wish someone would tell you ahead of time. Well, we just did. SERVPRO cares and we want to make sure your home and life get back to running smoothly as soon as possible. if you have any questions, please call us! 610-327-9644
Thanksgiving house fires
Unfortunately, Thanksgiving day is one of the busiest days of the year for fire departments. Believe it or not, the leading cause of house fires in America on Thanksgiving day is deep frying your turkey! You've been up since the wee hours of the morning starting to get all of your sides together and start planning out your day. Or maybe you're watching the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade through New York City. The football game is on and everyone is in a great mood. now comes time for the turkey. Perhaps you have the deep fryer set up in the garage or back patio. When you add the turkey to the heated oil, that spells disaster. You must use caution when doing so! We certainly hope this doesn't affect anyone in our region, but if it does, call us. 610-327-9644
May is National Building Safety Month
Building Safety Month is an initiative of the International Code Council (ICC). Hosting over 64,000 members worldwide, the ICC and their partners bring education and awareness to insurance and commercial property professionals as well as the general public. Their goal is always the same; to provide safe, resilient, affordable and energy efficient homes and buildings. In the US, each area of the country tends to have different weather situations that primarily affect them. California is known for it's wild fires and mudslides. Louisiana, Florida, Georgia and the Carolina's are known for hurricanes. The Mid-west, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas and known as "Tornado Alley" Armed with this knowledge, when you purchase or begin construction of a new building, you have better ideas to keep everyone who works or lives in them safe.
Did you know that SERVPRO of Pottstown/Souderton is the local company you can call to handle any type of disaster and cleanup? It's true. We are certified professionals who handle the clean up after any and all types of crime scenes. Methamphetamine labs, arson, vandalism, even bloodborne pathogens and homicides. We are knowledgeable and trained to properly dispose of all of these hazardous materials. Any exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health risks for the general public. SERVPRO has the necessary safety equipment needed to be able to do the job correctly. We employ personal protective equipment, primarily Tyvec suits and respirators when dealing with these situations. We hope you never find yourself in this position, but if you do, give us a call. 610-327-9644. SERVPRO cares.
It fell uphill
You can't help but look at nature sometimes and be in complete awe; and then complete confusion. How does a tree fall uphill? Literally, how does it happen. It sits at the bottom of a hill in a gully and yet, it managed to uproot itself in an upward direction, hence, uphill. As you can see in the picture, it's leaning against the shed that it is partially covering and another tree branch very high up. We've had some vicious rains and wind lately, but this seems strange even under those conditions. The homeowner wanted to handle the job himself, but after careful consideration he's decided to call in a professional tree removal and landscape company. If this were to fall the other way, it would block their driveway.
Have you even been standing at your kitchen sink doing dishes and all of a sudden you feel your feet getting wet? You open the cabinet doors and see that the piping has completely come apart. How can this be? It's odd, but the main cause of this is hot water. If you make a lot of pasta or boil potatoes or things like that and you then dump the boiling hot water down the drain, you are causing the expansion, and eventual warping, of the plastic. One of the easiest ways to avoid this is to run cold water while you are dumping the hot water. This will act as a counterbalance and should avoid the fittings from coming loose in the future, avoiding leaks!
SERVPRO, it's who we are!
Every morning on your way to work, you pass by a local SERVPRO franchise building. You see the green trucks and you know the name, but is it that SERVPRO does? Well, we are an emergency management company that handles the cleanup after any type of issue, be it a large loss or just a minor inconvenience. We are the people you want to call if you sump pump fails and you have water in your basement. Or maybe you had a fire and it destroyed part of your home. Perhaps you're just looking to have your carpets cleaned for the holidays. We strive to provide the best service to anyone no matter how big or small. Call us, we're available 24/7 and we're local! 610-327-9644
On the horizon
While there are no big storms forecast for the Mid-Atlantic or New England states right now, it doesn't mean we can be lax. The old saying goes that "March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb". The storm that came through our area on Sun March 3 absolutely proved that old saying true. It appears that we are finally going to head into spring and that March will "go out like a lamb". We do caution everyone though that with the rain and snowmelt, the ground is saturated so this can cause water intrusions. Be aware and check your basements and sump pumps daily just to make sure there is no issue and you don't end up with mold. If you do need us, please call us at 610-327-9644. We're available 24/7 for our neighbors.