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Northeastern Storms

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

flooding Dozens of cars became trapped in the flood.

Hurricane Ida made its mark in more place than one. In addition to tearing through the Gulf Coast, its aftermath was felt all the way up in the northeastern part of the United States. More than 7 inches of rain fell in a short period of time, something they hade never seen before. The NWS issued the first ever flash flood warning for New York City as a result of this. This extreme flash flooding came as a surprise, allowing no time for the people to prepare. People became trapped in their cars and homes with nowhere to go. Over 40 people have been reported dead as a result of the flooding, a devastating statistic. At least six tornadoes were reported across Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia in addition to the extreme flooding. 

In Case Of Emergency

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

Flashlight Flashlights will come in handy in the event of a power outage.

Emergency can strike anywhere, even at your commercial business. When something goes wrong or you find yourself in an emergency type of situation it is important to be prepared.  This post is going to outline some supplies that will come in handy if you ever find yourself in one of these situations. 

1.Emergency Lighting - Having a light available to you is extremely important in the event of the power going out. Knowing where flashlights are is key.

2. First Aid Kit - Having a stocked first aid kit is imperative. Injuries are possible and you need to be able to properly address them when they occur. 

3. Tools - Having an assortment of basic tools at your business can come in handy in event of needing to perform an emergency task.

Fireplace Safety Tips

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

Fireplace Fireplace safety is important to protect your home.

As summer winds down and the cooler weather starts heading our way, there is nothing better than cozying up to your fireplace with a good book. Here are some helpful tips to keeping you safely warm this fall and winter.

  • Get your chimney inspected each year to make sure that it is safe
  • Hire a chimney sweep to clean out your chimney every fall
  • Repair any cracks in fireplaces
  • Use fireplace screens to keep sparks and debris inside the fireplace
  • Do not ever use gasoline to start a fire in the fireplace
  • Never leave a fire unattended
  • Make sure that combustible materials are not stored within three feet of your fireplace
  • For natural gas fireplaces, get all connections and lines inspected before use each season
  • Remember that outdoor fireplaces can be just as dangerous as indoor units, and observe all safety precautions when using them
It is also very important that members of your household know how to react in the event of a fire. It’s a good idea to review fire prevention and safety tips with your family every fall.

Homeowner Tips

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

Clogged gutter Clogged gutters can lead to standing water which can damage your roof.

No one is immune from the terror of finding water damage in your home, but you can do your best to avoid it. This blog is going to provide homeowners with a couple tips on how to avoid water damage in their home by addressing some things outside of the home.

1. Disconnect hoses

Disconnecting your hoses from the faucet should be on your fall to-do list. Standing water in a hose can freeze back into the pipe and create an ice block that – in a best case scenario – stops your water flow and, worst case, may bust your pipes and create damage to walls, floor and foundation.

2. Clean gutters and downspouts

Clean your gutters at least twice a year to avoid blockage and ice dams. Standing water can cause damage to your gutters and roof and unmanaged overflow may create puddles that could damage your foundation. Don’t forget to clean any downspouts to ensure water can flow through and secure your downspouts so that they point away from the home.

Hurricane Hits Louisiana

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

Hurricane Ida path The picture shows the devastating path that Ida took

The end of August in to September, is generally known as the peak or most active time of hurricane season. It surely lived up to that name this year as Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana on August 29th, which coincidentally, is the same date that Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana 16 years earlier. Ida was classified as a category 4 with maximum winds reaching 150 mph, just shy of category 5. Not only did Ida effect Louisiana and the southeastern region of the country, its effects were felt throughout the northeastern part of the country as the hurricane caused severe flooding and devastation throughout multiple states. Ida also caused tornadoes to touch down in six different states throughout the country. This was an unprecedented event that surely made its mark. 

The Easy Choice

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Contact SERVPRO for all of your cleaning or restoration needs.

In the event that you may experience a flood or a fire at your home, you will be overcome with panic and uncertainty. You'll likely jump online and search for a company to come help you, which to be honest, is a waste of time. There's only one company you should call when you are in need and that's us over here at SERVPRO. Our trained professionals will get in there and tackle the job with efficiency and professionalism, leaving you with absolutely nothing to worry about. At SERVPRO, we aim to provide nothing but exceptional service and do our best to meet any needs or answer any questions that the customer might have. We take pride in our work and look forward to helping those in need day in and day out. 

Water In Your Home

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

Overflowing sink An overflowing sink in the unit above you can be big trouble for your home.

Water is one of those things that no matter how hard you try to prevent it, it can always make its way into your house. Whether it be a broken pipe, leaking refrigerator line, or even your neighbor that lives above you forgetting to turn the faucet off, water has many ways to effect your home. If and when you do notice water in your home, try your best to identify the source as quickly as possible to limit the damage. In the event you can not locate the source, call a professional ASAP so they can get out there and identify the problem and start the process of getting it fixed. It is important not to panic and begin to take the necessary steps to get the situation under control. 

Sprinkler Floods Hospital

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

MRI The MRI machine located in the effected room

Recently SERVPRO was called in to clean up after a sprinkler head went off unprovoked on the third level of a hospital. The most damage seemed to occur in the MRI room of the hospital, which provided its own problems due to no metal being allowed in the room, meaning the majority of tools could not be brought in. The strong pull of the MRI machine would have flung the tools across the room. Our team at SERVPRO went in there and was able to identify the effected areas in the ceiling and the walls and remove what was necessary in order to begin the drying process. SERVPRO was able to work around the obstacles that were placed in front of them and still get the job done like true professionals. 

Commercial Services 24/7

8/16/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded conference room This flooded office space is no match for SERVPRO.

Water damage can strike your commercial business at a moments notice. As a business, the thought of having to close down for a period of time due to a water loss can be devastating, costing your business time and money. The time that goes by after experiencing a loss can be pivotal, costing your business not only money but can keep you from meeting quotas or productivity goals. When something like this happens, do not hesitate, call SERVPRO right away. With our 24/7 emergency services, we will be there right away to offer our assistance. Whether you are a small retail business or a fortune 500 company, the professionals here at SERVPRO will have you and your business taken care of in no time. 

Commercial Water Damage Prevention

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

Water Valve Shutoff Knowing the location of the emergency water shut-off valve allows you to access it in a quicker fashion.

Whether it be residential or commercial, water damage can strike at any time. When it comes to commercial water losses, it is important to know to handle the situation when it strikes as well as how to take steps from preventing it from happening in the first place. This blog is going to highlight some steps you can take to prevent and limit damage. 

1. Know where the emergency water shut-off valves are located in the building, this can go a long way in minimizing damage.

2. Have a contingency plan in place incase whoever is in charge is unavailable, this will provide directions on what steps to take next.

3. Identify your local SERVPRO's in the area so they can arrive in a timely manner to address the situation.