Recent Storm Damage Posts
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.
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.
Imagine you just had some sort of storm come through your area. You now have a water intrusion and you need help to get it dried out. You've never done this before so you aren't exactly sure where to start. Some friends start making suggestions on different companies, but you know that you want the best. How can you choose? Look for the ones who are IICRC certified. These people have been trained and have then been tested on their knowledge in order to receive their certificates so they truly do know the best way to handle every situation, according to the industry standards. Each local franchise has people on staff who are certified in many different areas. Please feel free to call us with any questions at any time. 610-327-9644
Be diligent, be prepared.
With the recent tornado that just struck in Alabama, it should get us all thinking about safety and escape routes. It's not something we want to think about, but you must come up with an evacuation plan should something happen. You must always be diligent and be aware of your surroundings. Know where emergency exits are and place your self as close to them as possible. Keep your eyes open for the quickest and most open path to an exit. Whether you're enjoying dinner out or relaxing at home, when the weather turns vicious and you only have a few precious seconds to react, you want the best chance possible to get yourself and everyone else to safety. We're here for our neighbors 100%. Call us should you ever need us. 610-327-9644.
Storms - are you ready?
Some of us watch the weather like it's our job and we let it dictate our lives. We try to plan events around certain times of year to be able to avoid having to cancel due to a nasty storm. Sometimes, no matter what you do, you find yourself in the path of a horrific storm. Just yesterday, 3/3/19, there was a massive tornado that ripped through Lee County, Alabama. The results are devastating to say the least. The death toll is rising and we at SERVPRO offices across the county are sending our thoughts to the families of the victims. It's not a frequent occurrence, but we do get tornadoes in Pennsylvania every once in a while. What would you do if you were in that situation?
Avoiding the damage
The cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property.
Check your property for downed limbs and branches. Heavy rain, ice, wind and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to your home or business.
Roofs, water pipes and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper working order.
inspect your property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. Also be sure there are no cracks in the walkways or parking lots that would allow water to build up and freeze.
If you are in need of our services, please remember we are here for our neighbors 24/7. Call us at 610-327-9644
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've 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's not always enough. You will need to call in professionals who can come armed with air movers and dehumidifiers to properly mitigate the water and fix any issues that arise.
Beauty salon disaster
Weather plays an integral part of our everyday life whether we know it or not. You wake up and start your day. You have coffee, grab a shower and some breakfast and out the door you go. It's cold, but you are a Pennsylvania native so you bundle up a little more and prepare to deal with your day. Your drive to work is pretty uneventful, but when you get there, it's a whole different ball game. There was a crawl space that wasn't properly insulated years ago and there was a crack in a doorway close to there that allowed air in and to freeze the pipes, the radiator specifically. What a mess. 2 inches of water are now covering the entire shop from front to back. The waiting room to the stylists stations and everywhere in between. it's too much to handle on your own, you need the experts. And all of this, because of the crazy snow storms and bitter cold temps in PA this winter.
Winter Storm Riley
This past weekend, we in the general area of SE PA experienced quite a storm. The rain/snow that came was heavier in some spots but the biggest challenge we are facing now is the power outages due to the high winds. You local SERVPRO Franchise is here to help. We are gearing up for another storm supposedly coming mid week and then a second over the weekend. What can you do? Well, start by checking on your neighbors, especially the elderly and those with small children. You should have at least 1 gallon of water per person per day on hand. You should also have non-perishable food for all persons for a minimum of 3 days. Please be patient with the electric companies as their linemen are doing the best they can considering the circumstances. If you find yourself in need of our services, please reach out to us via phone at 610-327-9644 or on Facebook at www.Facebook.comSERVPROpottstownsounderton
Is winter over?
Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property.
Check your property for downed limbs and branches. Heavy rain, ice, wind and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to your home or business along with potential power outages.
Roofs, downspouts and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper working order.
Inspect your property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. Contact your local SERVPRO Franchise professionals 24 hours a day if you determine that your home or business requires our services. We're always here to help! Call us 610-327-9644 or reach out of Facebook at www.facebook.com/SERVPROpottstownsouderton
Natural disasters and storms
All over the globe, millions of people are affected by natural disasters every year. These can be wildfires, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, or tsunamis. Depending on where you live, these can be more prevalent. In the Midwest, you expect more tornadoes. In California, earthquakes and wildfires spread by the Santa Anna winds. In the northeast, we generally have some rain or flash flooding, and remnants of hurricanes, but rarely do we have an earthquake. In Aug of 2011, that changed. For some people, it was the strangest 10-15 seconds of their lives. Some felt it, some didn't. This quake measured a 5.8 on the Richter scale and the epicenter was in Virginia and it did cause some damage to the Washington Monument in DC. This was a rare occurrence for those in the Northeast, but it just goes to show that no matter where you live or work, there is always a natural threat on the horizon. Be diligent, be prepared, and always have an evacuation plan.
Be Storm Ready
Always be prepared for an emergency with a supply kit. No matter where you live in the country, disaster's of all kinds can affect you. here are some idea's for an emergency Supply Kit:
Water (1 gallon per person per day)
Food (non-perishable-3 day supply)
Manual can opener
Battery operated radio-Preferably NOAA weather radio
Flashlight and extra batteries
First aid kit
Whistle to signal for help
Dust masks or bandanas
Plastic sheeting, garbage bags, duct tape, zip ties
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Personal hygiene items
Documents-copies of insurance, id, bank account info etc
Matches in a waterproof container
If you find yourself in a situation where there is a possible evacuation, make sure to wear clothes as opposed to your pj's so you will at least have one set of regular clothes in the unfortunate event that you lose everything.
Contact your local SERVPRO office for more readiness tips and tools. 610-327-9644
When Storms or Floods hit the Pottstown, Phoenixville, Royersford, Telford, Harleysville area, SERVPRO is ready!
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Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
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