An overhead of the pentagon
Following the events of September 11, 2001, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals were called in to assist with cleanup and restoration of the Pentagon. As everyone can remember, it was a difficult, emotional, and uneasy time to travel, or simply go to work. In spite of the emotions and difficulties involved in the restoration effort, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals dried nearly 300,000 square feet in addition to providing fire, soot and smoke cleanup and restoration services. Upon compeltion of the drying assignment, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals provided mold remediation services in other sections of the facility. Despite the size of the project, the emotional sensitivity of those involved at the time, and other unique aspects of the project, SERVPRO Frachise Professionals met the challenge and completed the project in just 90 days.
What should I do until help arrives?
A flooded basement leaves contents floating in the water
You never expect it when a water damage wreaks havoc on your home. The water damage clean up can be a headache so you always want to be prepared. Here are 5 tips to help you recover quickly when a water damages your property. 1. Find the source of the water damage. It's easy to find a faucet left running or sewer backup. However, if water is coming from a hidden pipe in the walls you need to shut off water to the house as quickly as possible. 2. After the panic has settled down, assess the level of damage to your home. There are some steps you can take to remove the water from your house, but if carpeting, drywall, rugs or other structural damage has occurred, call a professional water restoration company like SERVPRO of Fox Chase/Torresdale immediately. 3. Move Quickly! You need to start mitigating the damage before more damage piles up. Bacteria and hazardous mold spores can begin to grow within hours of the catastrophe. 4. Use a shop-vac to remove as much water as possible until the professionals show up. The longer the water sits on the floor, the more damage it will create. Move quickly to remove as much water as possible. 5. Take photos for your insurance claim. Your insurance company will probably send out someone to investigate the damage, but if you have pictures that show everything as it happened, it could smooth out the claims process. Of course, the best kind of water damage is the one that never happens, but if you do ever find yourself in need, the professionals at SERVPRO of Fox Chase/Torresdale are here to help you 24/7.
It is a little difficult to tell from the photo, but there once was a deep fryer in this home. Unfortunately, it caused extensive fire damage.
This time of year, everyone is gearing up for the holidays. While we will all surely be eating turkey on Thanksgiving day, we may be preparing it differently.
In the last few years, deep frying turkeys has become a wildly popular method to cook the food. However, according to a "Home Fire Involving Cooking Equipment" report, home fires caused by cooking are nearly 4 times as likely on Thanksgiving as any other day of the year. Deep frying turkeys, while delicious, is also very dangerous. So before you get into some deep frying fun, here are 3 quick safety tips for you to protect your home:
1) Stay Away from The House – Set up the turkey fryer more than 10 feet away from your home and keep children and pets away. Never leave it unattended.
2) Use a Thawed and Dry Turkey – Make sure your Thanksgiving turkey is completely thawed and dry. Extra water will cause the oil to bubble furiously and spill over. If oil spills from the fryer onto the burner, it can cause a fire.
3) Be Prepared – Have a fire extinguisher (multipurpose, dry-powder) ready at all times in the event that the oil ignites.
From all of us here at SERVPRO of Fox Chase/Torresdale, we want to wish you and your family a Happy (and safe) Thanksgiving!
Emergency Ready Profile
This is the front of a local hotel that recently completed an ERP.
The best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster is to plan for it now.
As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.
By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
Are you ready? Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it's a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, "Are you ready for whatever could happen?"
The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. To schedule your free ERP, call SERVPRO of Fox Chase/Torresdale today!
Mold - Don't let it grow!
After a significant, prolonged water intrusion, water wicked up the drywall and mold began to colonize and spread. We were there to help remediate.
There are many misconceptions out there about mold, so we here at SERVPRO would like to help with some facts.
Fungi and mold occur naturally in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Some molds can actually produce useful things. The unique flavor of blue cheese is a result of mold. The lifesaving drug, penicillin, is a product of mold!
That said, some forms of mold can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.
Intrusion of water into your home of place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can be caused by storm damage, plumbing, equipment failures, and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. To avoid this and the possibility of adverse health affects, call SERVPRO of Fox Chase/Torresdale today!
Carpets to Catastrophe
Hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend! Here at SERVPRO of Fox Chase/Torresdale we just want to remind you what kind of services we provide in case you or anyone you know might need our help!
- Fire, Smoke, and Soot cleanup and restoration
- Water Removal and Dehumidification
- Mold Mitigation and Remediation
- Crime Scene, Biohazard, and Vandalism Cleanup
- Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning
- Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning
- Odor Identification and Deodorization
When you need it done right and done soon, call SERVPRO of Fox Chase/Torresdale for all your cleaning needs. When you hire SERVPRO for cleaning, you get quality cleaning and quick response- that's the SERVPRO Way.
SERVPRO has over 40 years experience as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider. No fire or water damage is too big!
So when you need a speedy response and the expertise to get the job done right, ensuring your property will get back to normal as quickly as possible, call us at 215-245-4855!
Clean Homes Sell Faster
In the photo, you can see one of our technicians performing a carpet cleaning for a rental property that was in-between tenants.
Get it clean and get it sold! Whether it is general cleaning, duct cleaning, carpet cleaning, or mold remediation, SERVPRO of Fox Chase/Torresdale can help get your property cleaned.
Regarding mold specifically, it is important to know that molds are found in every environment. Mold spores reproduce rapidly when moisture is present. An Institute of Medicine study found that excessive dampness indoors encourages the growth of molds and other organisms, and could pose a health problem. The EPA advised that the potential health concerns from mold are an important reason to prevent moisture problems leading to mold growth. It is especially important to clean up existing indoor mold growth to increase property appeal and retain its value.
It is a fact: clean, fresh-smelling homes sell faster. SERVPRO of Fox Chase/Torresdale's professional team can help revive your property to show in top condition. Call us today!
After leaving a property vacant for a few days, the property owner returned to find this unfortunate mess.
With the holiday weekend upon us, many people will be heading to the beach for one last summer weekend! However, if a water damage were to occur while the house is unoccupied, you could be coming home to a disaster!
As a tip, you should consider shutting off the main valve that controls all the water for your home in order to protect against catastrophic water damage. Everyone in your home should know where the main water shutoff valve is located so they can stop the water in an emergency. And you should turn it off whenever you leave home, even overnight.
If you forget to shut off the main water valve, and you do walk into a water damage, here are just a few tips of what to do:
- Shut off the source of water if possible
- Turn off circuit breakers for areas of the building if possible
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or extracting
We hope everyone enjoys the unofficial "end of the summer" holiday weekend! Should you or someone you know need help with a water damage, SERVPRO of Fox Chase/Torresdale professionals will be available to help 24/7!
Cleaning After a Fire
At a home in Glenside, PA, one of our technicians is wiping away soot above a window using a chemical sponge and extension pole.
For homeowners, putting out a fire can be worse than the fire itself. A backdraft of emotions often sweeps over the homeowner after a fire ravages a home. Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of the property can overwhelm the homeowner long after the flames have been extinguished.
The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of Fox Chase/Torresdale's professional staff and technicians provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents inventory and restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings, and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.
SERVPRO of Fox Chase/Torresdale professionals are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly. Call us at 215-600-1497 today!
What you may not be seeing inside your ductwork!
Often times a ventilation system can be the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. We have found that our customers, whether residential or commercial, have a high regard for the health and safety of their families and employees. They know that breathing dirty air can lead to many types of illnesses, or aggravates respiratory issues such as asthma or emphysema.
Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your home.
If you're concerned with the purity of your air, give SERVPRO of Fox Chase/Torresdale a call today. Through the use of HEPA vacuums, roto-scrapers, air whipping, duct sealant, and filter replacement, SERVPRO of Fox Chase/Torresdale is equipped to properly & professionally perform a clean sweep of your air ducts, removing years of dust and grime.