Recent Storm Damage Posts

Just as one exits, another forms...

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Just as one exits, another forms... Chester Springs PA, Storm water soaked carpet

This week another wintry storm will likely hit our area, including strong wind gusts in addition to cold temperatures. The culprit this time around is the low pressure working eastward, from the Rockies into Kansas, and across the county. Make sure to prepare your home from any storm damage! Limbs from trees weighed down by heavy snow can break windows in your home, but SERVPRO of North East Chester County can help secure your property and assist with the clean-up. Our family-owned and operated team is available 24/7 for storm clean-up. We will come in and assess the damage, clean up all debris as well as haul it away to leave behind nothing for you, the homeowner, to worry about. Our main focus is customer satisfaction and dedication to get the job done right! Also, with freezing pipes due to the dropping temperatures from a winter storm, SERVPRO of North East Chester County is always available to take control and mitigate damage from any and all water losses. We are always here to help!

Winter Winds A'Blowing!!!

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Winds A'Blowing!!! When winds blew a tree limb through this Phoenixville home's window, we quickly responded with a temporary fix!

Even when winter storms are not dumping snow, sleet, or rain on Chester County homes and businesses, they can still wreak havoc on your property when the winds are whipping through the region.  From a preventative standpoint, it is best to make sure that there is nothing that could become airborne on your property from a strong gust, and make sure that trees and bushes near your home are maintained and properly trimmed.  Severe winds can cause weak tree limbs to come crashing into a home, causing damage to siding, windows, gutters, you name it!  Should you have the unfortunate experience of having to deal with any of these wind-related damages, SERVPRO of North East Chester County can help!  If wind has created an entry way to your home that has invited water damage, then we are your number one "go to."  We also are ready to assist with board-ups, should your windows break or you experience a partial collapse due to a falling limb.  24/7/365, we will be there to help!

Winter Storm Preparation

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Storm Preparation Frozen and burst pipes are a very common culprit of water losses during winter storm months.

It's that time of year again, the winter holidays are here and with them comes severe winter storms and inclement weather. Living in the North East, many of us are prepared for the annual tasks of shoveling our driveways and salting our sidewalks; in fact many of us actually embrace the winter weather as it brings about picturesque landscapes and who can complain about getting a snow day off from work or school? But winter storms can cause immense damage to homes and businesses, even after properly "winterizing,"  putting a halt to the fun and festivities. SERVPRO understands that interruptions due to storm damage this winter season add to the already high stress levels of trying to plan holiday festivities and that's why we would like to offer some Do's and Dont's in the event that you find yourself dealing with a loss related to severe winter weather.  

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Content By: SERVPRO Corporate 

Photo Content By: https://www.wwaytv3.com/2018/01/02/frozen-pipes-a-concern-as-temperatures-dip/

Brace for Florence!

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Brace for Florence! Hurricane Florence expected to hit the Carolina's first.

As Hurricane Florence barrels toward the coast, some are wondering how their homes will hold up when the storm arrives.

Florence could hit the Carolinas harder than any hurricane since Hazel packed 130 mph winds in 1954. That Category 4 storm destroyed 15,000 buildings and killed 19 people in North Carolina. In the six decades since then, many thousands of people have moved to the coast.

So what do hurricane-force winds do to a home? The IBHS Research Center in Richburg, South Carolina, tests just that.

The center was built in 2010 and it aims to advance building science. It evaluates the strength of specific building material by testing in realistic situations.

One part of the building has 105 fans that can simulate up to a Category 3 hurricane.

One thing the center has already found is that closing your interior doors during a hurricane can lower your risk of losing your roof during a tropical system.

Is your property prepared for high winds? If severe weather is in the forecast, follow these simple steps from AccuWeather to minimize damage:

When the wind comes into a house it wants to push up and push out on the building; by closing your interior doors you limit the upward push to a small area minimizing your risk of losing your roof.

The facility can even accurately portray the size of raindrops; they've tested what wind-driven rain can do to a house, and through these experiments, they recommend that people have a sealed roof deck.

That means you can seal the seams of your roof to prevent water from getting into your house.

Content By:https://abc7chicago.com/weather/what-happens-to-your-home-in-hurricane-force-winds/4223865/

Picture By:https://abc7chicago.com/weather/hurricane-florence-tracker-category-3-storm-nears-carolina-coast/4220116/

Protecting Your Property This Hurricane Season!

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Protecting Your Property This Hurricane Season! Mitigation practices to consider in the event of severe storm and hurricane situations.

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season showed the hospitality industry just how much damage these massive storms can create. The cost of damage caused by hurricanes and tropical storms has increased during the 10-year period between 2007 and 2017, according to Property Claim Services (PCS), a Verisk Analytics business. In that one decade, nearly 8 million claims related to hurricanes and tropical storms were filed, with the total estimated insured loss exceeding $100 billion. In 2017 alone, the damage costs related to hurricanes in the United States and its territories exceeded $60 billion, not including National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policy claims.

As the National Weather Service (NWS) recognizes National Hurricane Preparedness Week from May 6-12, Nationwide released several tips for protecting properties before a hurricane or tropical storm hits. According to the National Hurricane Center, the hurricane season in the eastern North Pacific runs from May 15 through November 30. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.

“The damage that these powerful storms produce is a reminder of how we all must do everything we can to protect what’s most important to us,” Ken Enscoe, senior claims director for Nationwide’s catastrophe operations, says. “It’s crucial for policyholders to know about their insurance coverage before a storm hits. Advance planning is key to reducing the risk and mitigating the loss hurricanes can create.”

The insurance company urged owners of all types of properties to review their insurance policies, prepare an emergency kit, trim shrubs and trees, and identify a safe place to take shelter when a storm hits. Policyholders can take the following steps in preparation for hurricane season or when a storm is approaching.

Examine the property. Before an event, examine the property to ensure there are no physical and/or liability hazards present.

Protect vulnerable areas. Protect the four critical areas where wind and water can enter: roof, windows, doors, and garage doors.

Protect valuables. Protect documents and other valuables in waterproof containers and/or back them up on a cloud-based system.

Review insurance policies. Read and understand the hotel’s insurance policy. Take inventory with photos or video, and note the approximate value of the items and the date of purchase.

Content By: http://lodgingmagazine.com/hurricane-season-2018-protect-hotel-property/

Picture By: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/images/168107

Storm Waters Flood Phoenixville, PA Basement

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Waters Flood Phoenixville, PA Basement Phoenixville, PA basement flooded with storm water? No problem! Call the pros at SERVPRO of North East Chester County!

When the rains came, so did the flood waters in this Phoenixville, PA home!  With power lost, the sump pump was unable to do its job of pumping the flood water from the basement, which made the water damage even worse.  SERVPRO of North East Chester County was able to quickly respond and started by pumping out the standing water with our truck-mounted extractor.  Once the excess water was out of the picture, it was time to demo some building materials that were deemed non-salvageable; which can often be the case with storm water damage.  Now the basement was just about ready for drying equipment, consisting of air movers and dehumidifiers - most people are surprised by how effective these professional drying units are!  With storm water damage, there are also concerns about contaminants that may be suspended in the flood waters, so we also used an anti-microbial solution to sanitize the remaining structure and contents to prevent the spread of any harmful contagions. 

When Your Phoenixville Home's Basement Stairs Look More Like the Pool Stairs...

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Your Phoenixville Home's Basement Stairs Look More Like the Pool Stairs... Your home's basement stairs - or the Phoenixville YMCA swimming pool?!? Time to call SERVPRO!

When storms hit Chester County, PA, the storm waters pretty much go wherever they want to!  There are many variables that play into the actions of storms waters, and may influence their intrusion areas.  Oftentimes, homeowners that have never experienced water in their basement for decades face that shocking reality as a by-product of storm waters.  Even homes with sump pumps may lose power or have sump pump failures, allowing storm waters to accumulate and slowly rise.  

We at SERVPRO of North East Chester County have seen a lot when it comes to storms and the damage they can cause, and we are always prepared to be called into action to defend your home and belongings.  There are specialty drying techniques that we can employ to dry even belongings that you thought were lost forever.  The key is to call as soon as you experience the damage, as time is of the essence.

What to Do When You Experience Storm Damage

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What to Do When You Experience Storm Damage Don't know what to do when STORM DAMAGE strikes?? Call us! We will guide you through it!!

Time is (Not!) On My Side...

The reality with timeliness as pertains to storm damage at your Chester County home or business is actually the exact opposite of what the classic Rolling Stones song sings: time is NOT on your side!  As with other types of damage, time is really of the essence when contacting your insurance carrier and informing them of your situation.  Likewise, contacting SERVPRO of North East Chester County should be top priority!  A commonly held misnomer is that you must receive a claim #, etc. from your insurance carrier prior to calling us and having us arrive on-site - NOT TRUE!  Oftentimes, one of the first things that your insurance company will do is ask if you have contacted SERVPRO, then instruct you to do so - the reason is that they know as well as we do, that the more timely the mitigation can begin, the lesser the damage and cost of the claim!

Tips for Storm-Related Insurance Claims

  • Don't Delay! Most insurance policies limit your time to file a claim
  • You can't be singled out for a rate increase due to storm damage
  • Insurance restoration contractors advocate for you
  • Always hire the best contractor, not the cheapest
  • Beware of insurance company "approved" contractors
  • Always do your homework and understand your rights

One Thing is For Sure...

The number one thing to do after experiencing storm damage is call our experienced technicians at SERVPRO of North East Chester County - we will really take the pressure off of you, while walking you through the process of mitigating your damages and getting things back, "like they never even happened!"

Storm Prep 101

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Prep 101 BEFORE the storm: be prepared... AFTER the storm: call SERVPRO!!!

Working Backwards...

As our previous blog posts have highlighted: the number one thing to do AFTER you experience storm damage at your Chester County home or business is call SERVPRO of North East Chester County!  We are prepared with the knowledge and experience to guide you through the process; from keeping your insurance carrier informed, to the steps that we will take, to everything and anything we can do to get things back "Like it never even happened." But...

How Can You Safeguard Against Storm Damage & Be Prepared?

When anticipating a storm, it is a great idea to check that you have everything you may need once it hits.  But a BETTER idea is to plan well ahead, before there is any storm on the horizon, so you have the presence of mind to make a checklist and have everything ready to go before panic sets in!  

Obviously you want to secure windows, doors, outdoor belonging, and clear anything from your property that could be swept up and become a projectile.  Here is a list of items that you may want to have on-hand in your "storm kit..."

Storm Kit Essentials:

  • Battery powered flashlight
  • Portable battery powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • List of emergency phone numbers
  • Prescriptions and essential medicines
  • First aid kit
  • Nonperishable emergency food
  • Bottled water (1 gallon per person, per day)
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Disposable camera
  • Credit cards and cash
  • Change of clothing
  • Sturdy shoes or boots
  • Important papers, identification and bank information

...And Then, The Rains Came!!!

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage ...And Then, The Rains Came!!! The rains falling steadily on this dreary Monday in Spring City, PA.

When the Storm Hits...

Close your windows!  Check for leaks!  Grab a flashlight!  Maybe even grab a bucket for that pesky roof leak that you keep meaning to fix...

There are many ways that we prepare for a storm across Chester County, but the unfortunate truth is that sometimes storm water finds a way to intrude into our homes and businesses.  The most important thing to remember if you experience storm loss of ANY degree is to call the local experts at SERVPRO of North East Chester County.

Time IS Money...

The more you delay after experiencing an initial water damage, the more costly the damage may become, and the more opportunity there is for additional consequences, such as mold growth.  The key to mitigating damage is truly time: i.e. the sooner you call us, the sooner we can stop the damage and the bill dead in its tracks!  

We Weather the Storm!

8/16/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage We Weather the Storm! Let SERVPRO of North East Chester County hold the umbrella for you!

Recent storm activity had SERVPRO of North East Chester County responding to water damage as far west as the Harrisburg/Carlisle areas of Pennsylvania and we were happy to meet the challenge!  Our friendly technicians worked tirelessly to provide outstanding professional service to many thankful homeowners with flooded basements and water damaged living spaces.  Working as many as 14+ hour days for much of the week, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to serve so many happy customers in a unique location!  

When heavy weather hits, SERVPRO of North East Chester County comes to you!

We realize the severe impact that storms can have on homes and businesses, and are willing and ready to assist wherever, whenever called upon.  Our friendly technicians arrive on-site - YOUR site - prepared to help you navigate the stormy waters (pun intended!) of a likely new experience.  We will walk you through the restoration process and are ready to go above and beyond to make your home or business “Like it never even happened.”