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Choose Green for Your Spring Cleaning

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Choose Green for Your Spring Cleaning SERVPRO of Upper Darby creates a safe, clean and comfortable living environment for you and your family.

SERVPRO of Upper Darby’s Environmentally Friendly Professional Cleaning Products

As springtime quickly approaches, it is time to think about starting your annual spring cleaning.

SERVPRO Industries, Inc. is a member of the EPA's Design for Environment (DfE) program. DfE evaluates human health and environmental concerns associated with traditional and alternative chemicals and processes. These evaluations and analyses empower hundreds of businesses to select safer chemicals and technologies.

The EPA/DfE has established a set of criteria for formulating environmentally friendly cleaning products, and has put together a listing of safe cleaning components that can be used in Green cleaning formulations. As a member company, SERVPRO can access this listing known as CleanGredients and uses it as a resource to formulate environmentally friendly cleaning products that incorporate "green" chemistry.

We have formulated three Green Cleaning Products that will allow you to complete almost all of your spring cleaning tasks.

Carpet & Upholstery Green Clean #251 is a product designed for cleaning both carpet and upholstery. It is truly a "one product does all" in that it can be used as a spotter, pre-spray, in-line cleaner for both truck mount and portable equipment, and in low-moisture bonnet cleaning. The product is pH neutral, biodegradable, contains no phosphates, solvents, dyes or fragrances.

All Surface Green Clean #250 is an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional surface cleaners. It is pH neutral, contains no dyes or fragrances. All components are safe, non-toxic, phosphate free, Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) compliant and rapidly bio-degradable. The product is designed as a one product cleans all for surfaces that can be wiped or mopped. It can safely be used on walls, ceilings, countertops, floors, etc. The exclusive formulation contains both ionic and non-ionic surfactants that are naturally derived and provide excellent multi-functional cleaning.

Window Green Clean #249 is an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional glass cleaners. It is pH neutral, contains no dyes or fragrances. All components are safe, non-toxic, phosphate free, VOC-compliant and rapidly biodegradable. The product comes ready to use and is formulated with soft water to eliminate spotting and streaking.

While SERVPRO of Upper Darby helps to restore property after fire and water damages, we also specialize in the cleaning and deodorization of carpets, upholstery, draperies, hard floors, walls, ceilings, air ducts, and more. Set up an appointment today to kick off your spring cleaning. 

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

SERVPRO of Upper Darby is locally owned and operated, and serves Wayne, Radnor Township, Villanova, St. Davids, Ardmore Park, Haverford Township, Havertown, Upper Darby, Lansdowne, East Lansdowne, Drexel Hill, Clifton Heights, and the surrounding Delaware County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialist are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

24/7 Fire Damage Restoration Service - 24/7 Water Damage Restoration Service - 24/7 Flood Damage Service - 24/7 Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service - 24/7 Mold Remediation Service - 24/7 Bio-hazard Cleanup - 24/7 Suicide & Crime Cleanup - 24/7 Board-up and Roof Tarping.

Mold and Insurance Coverage

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold and Insurance Coverage If You See Signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO of Upper Darby – (610) 352-0700

What Homeowners Need to Know About Mold and Insurance Coverage


It's a nightmare for many homeowners: after dealing with water damage in your home, you discover mold. Good thing you have insurance, right? Well, maybe not. Homeowner’s insurance doesn’t always cover mold growth. To get full mold coverage, you may need individual mold insurance. Here’s what every homeowner should know about mold and insurance. 



It’s Not Covered in Standard Policies

If you purchased a standard insurance policy for your home, chances are that your insurance won’t pay for repairs needed due to mold growth. Standard plans consider the growth of mold to be a home maintenance issue, which these policies don’t cover. However, if mold is a result of an insurable peril, you may be in luck. 



Secondary Mold May Be Different

While most home insurance policies don’t reimburse for the cost to get rid of mold when fungus is the primary problem, you may be covered if mold is results from a different issue. For instance, if a pipe bursts in your home and causes fungus to pop up, your homeowner’s insurance may pay for the repairs. 



Flood Insurance May Provide Coverage

You may be surprised to learn that flooding caused by rain is not covered by standard homeowner’s insurance policies. If a storm causes mold in your home, the question of insurance covering the cost becomes more complicated. If you have flood insurance, the policy will likely pay out for mold removal. However, if you don’t, you may be stuck with the bill. 

You Can Prevent Mold

The best strategy may be to prevent mold altogether. While this is not always possible, here are things you can do to guard your home against the fungus: 

  • Clean gutters regularly
  • Use exhaust fans in your bathrooms and kitchen
  • Use bleach to clean your bathrooms
  • Leave carpets out of the basement, bathrooms, and kitchen

If you’re not sure if your insurance has mold coverage, you can talk to a local contractor. Larger, more sophisticated companies often have professionals who can speak to insurance providers on your behalf. The sooner you get rid of the fungus growth, the better. 

Have a Mold Problem? 
Call SERVPRO of Upper Darby – (610) 352-0700

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

SERVPRO of Upper Darby is locally owned and operated, and serves Wayne, Radnor Township, Villanova, St. Davids, Ardmore Park, Haverford Township, Havertown, Upper Darby, Lansdowne, East Lansdowne, Drexel Hill, Clifton Heights, and the surrounding Delaware County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialist are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

24/7 Fire Damage Restoration Service - 24/7 Water Damage Restoration Service - 24/7 Flood Damage Service - 24/7 Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service - 24/7 Mold Remediation Service - 24/7 Bio-hazard Cleanup - 24/7 Suicide & Crime Cleanup - 24/7 Board-up and Roof Tarping

Dangerous Mistakes to Avoid When Using a Space Heater

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dangerous Mistakes to Avoid When Using a Space Heater SERVPRO of Upper Darby is dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce the cost of restoration.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, space heaters cause 43 percent of home heating fires each year, which are the second leading cause of fire-related deaths. In addition to the risk of fire, space heaters that use kerosene, propane, and natural gas pose an additional risk of releasing carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), and nitrogen dioxide into the air if they aren't properly vented, which can lead to serious health problems and even death.

According to Consumer Reports, electric space heaters might be a safer choice for indoor use, as they don't emit carbon monoxide or other pollutants, but they can still pose a risk of fire if you operate them near flammable materials (like curtains, bedding, or furniture), overload an electrical circuit, or leave them unattended.

Dangerous Mistakes to Avoid

Leaving Them On Unattended

According to the NFPA, space heaters cause 43 percent of home heating fires and 85 percent of home heating fire-related deaths each year. One common mistake that many people make is to leave heaters on unattended, which includes while they are sleeping. This also makes them a dangerous choice for heating a nursery or child's room.

Using Gas or Kerosene Indoors

As Iowa State University notes, gas and kerosene space heaters are inexpensive and portable, which make them popular this time of year. But because they aren't vented to the outside, like your gas or propane furnace or fireplace, they can release harmful gases into the air like carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen dioxide, which can cause symptoms like headaches, coughing, sleepiness, and even death. If you do use one of these heaters you should ventilate your home, as directed by the owner's manual, and using a carbon monoxide detector.

Letting Your Kids Nearby

This might seem like common sense, but Consumer Reports warns parents to keep their kids away from space heaters. This means you shouldn't let them touch them at all, play with the buttons, or move them, even if you are around to supervise. Instead, it's best to not use one if you can't keep your kids a safe distance away.

Placing Them Up High

According to Consumer Reports, you should never place a space heater on top of a dresser, table, or other piece of furniture. While it may seem like an ideal way to keep them out of your kids' reach, they could fall or be pulled off and start a fire, become unplugged, or result in burns or other injuries. The NFPA adds that you should use gates to create a "safe zone" of at least three feet around your space heater, to keep kids and pets a safe distance away.

Overloading a Circuit

According to Consumer Reports, space heaters can pose a risk of electrical fires, too. If you use one you should be careful to not overload your circuits by plugging directly into the wall, using a three-prong extension cord or a using a power strip with a surge protector.

Placing Them Near Flammable Items

According to the NFPA, operating a portable space heater near items that caught fire (like furniture, curtains, or bedding), or where flammable items like clothing or towels could fall on them, resulted in 53 percent of home-heating related fire deaths between 2010 and 2015. Consumer Reports adds that as tempting as it might be, you should never use a space heater to dry or warm up clothing or shoes, as that can also pose a fire risk.

Forgetting About Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

According to the NFPA, the best way to keep your family safe from home-heating dangers during the winter months is to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. They recommend installing interconnected smoke alarms — which will all go off at the same time — inside and outside each bedroom on every level of your home, and to test them monthly. They also advise avoiding gas and propane heaters that don't vent to the outside, and installing carbon monoxide detectors to alert you to this danger that you can't see or smell.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

SERVPRO of Upper Darby is locally owned and operated, and serves Wayne, Radnor Township, Villanova, St. Davids, Ardmore Park, Haverford Township, Havertown, Upper Darby, Lansdowne, East Lansdowne, Drexel Hill, Clifton Heights, and the surrounding Delaware County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialist are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

24/7 Fire Damage Restoration Service - 24/7 Water Damage Restoration Service - 24/7 Flood Damage Service - 24/7 Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service - 24/7 Mold Remediation Service - 24/7 Bio-hazard Cleanup - 24/7 Suicide & Crime Cleanup - 24/7 Board-up and Roof Tarping

What Pennsylvania Families Should Know About Winter Storms

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What Pennsylvania Families Should Know About Winter Storms SERVPRO of Upper Darby has experience restoring homes affected by storms and flooding.

What are winter storms?

A winter storm is an event in which varieties of precipitation are formed that only occur at low temperatures, such as snow or sleet, or a rainstorm where ground temperatures are low enough to allow ice to form (i.e. freezing rain).

Why talk about winter storms?

A major winter storm can last for several days and be accompanied by high winds, freezing rain or sleet, heavy snowfall, and cold temperatures. People can become trapped at home, without utilities or other services. Heavy snowfall and blizzards can trap motorists in their cars. Attempting to walk for help in a blizzard can be a deadly decision.

What can I do to prepare for a winter storm?

  • Learn the winter storm risk in New Castle County.
  • Understand the hazards of wind chill, which combines the cooling effect of wind and cold temperatures on exposed skin.
  • Sign up now to receive text messages and optional emergency alerts in our area. Stay tuned to local television or radio station or community alert system for emergency information.
  • Service vehicles and snow removal equipment prior to winter storm season.
  • Fuel up vehicles and equipment for emergency use and to keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • Make sure your emergency survival kit is stocked with essential items and kept in an easily accessible location.
  • Fully charge portable electronic devices.

What to do during a winter storm watch?

  • Listen to a portable battery-powered radio, television, or a smart phone for updated emergency information.
  • Be aware of changing weather conditions.
  • Keep portable electronic devices charged. Have a car charger available in case of a power outage.
  • Make sure pets and animals are safe.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel.

What to do during a winter storm?

  • Listen to a portable battery-powered radio, television, or a smart phone for updated emergency information.
  • Be aware of changing weather conditions.
  • Keep portable electronic devices charged. Have a car charger available in case of a power outage.
  • Stay indoors and dress warmly during the storm. Wearing layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing will keep you warmer than one bulky sweater.
  • Eat regularly and stay hydrated. Food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat.
  • If you lose electricity, do not use a generator indoors or in an enclosed space.

What to do after a winter storm?

  • Continue listening to local radio or television stations for updated information and instructions.
  • Help neighbors who may require special assistance.
  • Avoid driving and other travel until conditions have improved.
  • Avoid overexertion.
  • Follow forecasts and be prepared when venturing outside.
  • If your property has been damaged by cold weather or winter storms, call SERVPRO of Upper Darby at (610) 352-0700

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Cold weather, snow, and ice storms can cause severe damage to your New Castle County home or business. When these types of disasters strike, immediate action is necessary to prevent additional damage to your property. SERVPRO of Upper Darby’s professionals have the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather.

Damage from Cold Weather or Winter Storm? Call Today (610) 352-0700

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

SERVPRO of Upper Darby is locally owned and operated, and serves Wayne, Radnor Township, Villanova, St. Davids, Ardmore Park, Haverford Township, Havertown, Upper Darby, Lansdowne, East Lansdowne, Drexel Hill, Clifton Heights, and the surrounding Delaware County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialist are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

24/7 Fire Damage Restoration Service - 24/7 Water Damage Restoration Service - 24/7 Flood Damage Service - 24/7 Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service - 24/7 Mold Remediation Service - 24/7 Bio-hazard Cleanup - 24/7 Suicide & Crime Cleanup - 24/7 Board-up and Roof Tarping

How Water Cleanup Works In Your Home

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Water Cleanup Works In Your Home As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Upper Darby provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any siz

Water damage is a distressing situation, and your response time is crucial. When water leaks, it can carry bacteria, sewage, and grime into your home, staining furniture, carpets, walls, and floors. The quicker we respond to the situation, the less likely that permanent damage will occur. SERVPRO of Upper Darby has a crew of highly trained technicians who can be onsite within four hours.

Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

When a qualified water technician arrives on site, he or she can assess any immediate danger and mitigate loss. This includes finding the water source, cordoning off areas of danger, and removing furniture and possessions.

In our 40 years of experience, our experts have found that communication is key to the job. A SERVPRO of Upper Darby professional can provide you with a detailed, step-by-step explanation of the process as well as the likely outcome of each step. If you know of any preexisting conditions or materials that could be a problem, like asbestos, you need to let our team know.

Water Removal and Drying / Dehumidification

Once we are both satisfied, we begin by extracting water. SERVPRO of Upper Darby can use powerful submersible gas pumps to extract pooling water. In less extreme cases, we can use industrial wet/dry vacuums to bring moisture out of carpeted floors. How long the initial drying process takes depends on the size of the affected area and the extent of damage, which is measured using moisture meters.

Cleaning, Sanitizing and Restoration

With the initial phase complete, we can begin the restoration process. Carpets can be removed to clean and dry both sides, reducing the possibility of mold growth after the event. Items can be treated with sanitizer, dried, deodorized, and returned to their original place. SERVPRO of Upper Darby always looks to mitigate loss, but in some cases, some items may be beyond repair.

A full explanation can be given during the final walk around to show you where work has been done and areas where replacements are necessary. We then clear away our tools, remove any barriers placed in affected areas, and leave you with a clean, water-free home.



If you have a water emergency in your home, your first call should be to your insurance company. The second should be to SERVPRO of Upper Darby. Call us at (610) 352-0700.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

SERVPRO of Upper Darby is locally owned and operated, and serves Wayne, Radnor Township, Villanova, St. Davids, Ardmore Park, Haverford Township, Havertown, Upper Darby, Lansdowne, East Lansdowne, Drexel Hill, Clifton Heights, and the surrounding Delaware County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialist are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

24/7 Fire Damage Restoration Service - 24/7 Water Damage Restoration Service - 24/7 Flood Damage Service - 24/7 Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service - 24/7 Mold Remediation Service - 24/7 Bio-hazard Cleanup - 24/7 Suicide & Crime Cleanup - 24/7 Board-up and Roof Tarping

How to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing When You Have No Heat

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing When You Have No Heat SERVPRO of Upper Darby can quickly and safely repair water damage caused by frozen pipes.

During Cold Weather, Take Preventative Action

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • Make sure to keep drapes and blinds open during the day to let the sun in, which can make a big difference in warming up your home. Then, close them at night to help keep the heat in.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

To Thaw Frozen Pipes

If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.

  • Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device. Apply heat until full water pressure is restored.
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.
  • If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.

SERVPRO of Upper Darby can quickly and safely repair water damage caused by frozen pipes.

Cold weather, snow, and ice storms can cause severe damage to your home or business. When these types of disasters strike, immediate action is necessary to prevent additional damage to your property. SERVPRO of Upper Darby has the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather.

Damage from Cold Weather or Winter Storm? Call Today (610) 352-0700

8 Frequently Asked Questions About Water Damage

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage 8 Frequently Asked Questions About Water Damage Have Water or Flood Damage? Call Us Today – (610) 352-0700

How much does water damage restoration cost? 

SERVPRO of Upper Darby provides an initial consultation/estimate. We base our quote on this consultation. This professional estimate is determined by the size of the affected area, equipment required, building materials that may need to be removed, and how much containment we may need to set up. 



Can you communicate directly with my insurance company?

SERVPRO of Upper Darby is happy to help you; we’ll simply need your claim number and the name of your insurance company. We can then directly deal with your insurer, releasing you from undue worry. You are responsible for the deductible and a deposit if no coverage is available. 



What product sanitizes the affected areas after a water loss?

We use SERVPRO's proprietary decontamination products on affected areas to reduce the likelihood of mold growth. The primary decontaminant product is SERVPRO Oxide, an EPA-registered, chlorine dioxide-based disinfectant and stabilizer. This product requires no personal protective equipment during application, is safe for use on all surfaces, and is safe for humans and pets.



May I stay in my home during the drying process?

The answer is “yes” if your home is safe. Much depends on the severity of the damage. If your residence is deemed unsafe, we can ask your insurance company to provide you with a temporary relocation. You may also wish to stay away from your home—at least during sleeping hours—if you feel the drying equipment is too noisy, as it must run continuously for several days during the dry-down period.



How fast can the SERVPRO of Upper Darby crew get to my home?

Our average time is within 2 hours after receiving the phone call. We can arrive on site to do emergency services and start the mitigation process right away. We just need a signed Service Authorization Form.



What is the drying process for water damage?

The drying process begins with the crew and homeowner first establishing the source of the water or leak and stopping it. The crew also checks for any electrical safety concerns. Our technicians can extract any standing water from the affected area and use moisture-detection and measuring equipment as well as psychrometrics to determine the moisture in the walls and the air. Then, we establish a drying plan to determine the best means of restoration. We deploy a variety of drying systems and equipment, including air movers and commercial grade dehumidifiers, to thoroughly dry the materials and environment. The entire drying process typically takes 3-5 days to complete. 



Does all water damage cause mold?

Every water damage event presents an opportunity for mold or other microbial growth. The type of water (clean, gray, or black), severity, ambient temperature, and duration that moisture has been present all directly impact the amount and types of microbial growth species.



How soon can mold growth show up after water damage?

It varies depending upon the conditions, but in most cases, mold growth can be present within 72 hours of a water damage event. Quick response time is key to preventing the spread of mold and secondary water damage.

SERVPRO of Upper Darby’s goal is to ensure your family’s health and safety. Contact us today at (610) 352-0700.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

SERVPRO of Upper Darby is locally owned and operated, and serves Wayne, Radnor Township, Villanova, St. Davids, Ardmore Park, Haverford Township, Havertown, Upper Darby, Lansdowne, East Lansdowne, Drexel Hill, Clifton Heights, and the surrounding Delaware County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialist are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

24/7 Fire Damage Restoration Service - 24/7 Water Damage Restoration Service - 24/7 Flood Damage Service - 24/7 Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service - 24/7 Mold Remediation Service - 24/7 Bio-hazard Cleanup - 24/7 Suicide & Crime Cleanup - 24/7 Board-up and Roof Tarping

Understanding Winter Weather Alerts in Delaware County

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Understanding Winter Weather Alerts in Delaware County SERVPRO of Upper Darby's professionals respond quickly to your winter storm damage emergency.

Winter Weather Alerts and What They Mean

SERVPRO of Upper Darby understands bad weather and the affects it has on you and your property. When temperatures drop into a deep freeze we can get quite busy providing emergency water damage services due to frozen pipes. Add in the heavy winds Mother Nature throws into the already low temperatures and we get busier, faster!

A Winter Weather Event

Is a winter weather phenomenon (such as snow, sleet, ice and wind chill) that impacts public safety, transportation and/or commerce.  It typically occurs during the climatological winter season between October 15 and April 15.

Winter Weather Warnings, Watches and Advisories

Are issued by your local National Weather Service office.  Each office knows the local area and will issue Warnings, Watches or Advisories based on local criteria. 

Example: The amount of snow that triggers a “Winter Storm Warning” in the Northern Plains is typically much higher than the amount needed to trigger a “Winter Storm Warning” in the Southeast.

So, what does this mean?

Weather Outlook

Winter weather that may cause significant impact in the 3 to 7 day forecast and eventually lead to the issuance of a watch or warning is contained in the Hazardous Weather Outlook. More scientific discussion on the event can also be found in the Area Forecast Discussion. 

Forecasts in the 3 to 7 day time period typically have a lot of forecast uncertainty.  Uncertainty is generally in the 30 to 50% range that the event will occur and reach warning criteria.  It is intended to provide information to those who need considerable lead time to prepare for the event.

Weather Advisory

Advisories are issued when a hazardous winter weather event is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurrence (generally greater than 80%).  An advisory is for less serious conditions that cause significant inconvenience and if caution is not exercised, could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property. 

Advisories are issued using the WSW Winter Weather Message product and will appear as a headline in some texts products such as the Zone Forecast. 

Weather Watch

A watch is generally issued in the 24 to 72 hour forecast time frame when the risk of a hazardous winter weather event has increased (50 to 80% certainty that warning thresholds will be met).  It is intended to provide enough lead time so those who need to set their plans in motion can do so. 

A watch is issued using the WSW Winter Weather Message product and will appear as a headline in some text products such as the Zone Forecast. 

Weather Warning

Warnings are issued when a hazardous winter weather event is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurrence (generally greater than 80%).  A warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life or property. 

Warnings are issued using the WSW Winter Weather Message product and will appear as a headline in some text products such as the Zone Forecast. 

Advisories: Be Aware

Winter Weather Advisories 

Are issued when a winter storm event (sleet, ice, snow, freezing rain, snow and blowing snow, or a combination of events) is expected to meet or exceed local winter weather advisory criteria in the next 12 to 36 hours but stay below warning criteria.

Criteria for Snow: 4 inches or more in 12 hours or less covering at least 50 percent of the zone or encompassing most of the population. Use "mid-point" of snowfall range to trigger advisory (i.e. 2 to 5 inches of snow = advisory).

Criteria for Ice: Any ice accumulation less than 1/2 inch over at least 50 percent of the zone or encompassing most of the population. Winter Weather Advisory can also be issued for black ice. This is optional.  Be prepared for winter driving conditions and possible travel difficulties.  Use caution when driving. 

Freezing Rain Advisories 

Are issued when light ice accumulation (freezing rain and/or freezing drizzle) is expected in the next 12 to 36 hours, (but will remain below 1/2 inch) for at least 50 percent of the zone or encompassing most of the population and not reach warning criteria. 

Expect a glaze on roads resulting in hazardous travel.  Slow down and use caution while driving because even trace amounts of ice on the roads can be dangerous. 

Wind Chill Advisories 

Are issued when low wind chill temperatures are expected to meet or exceed local wind chill advisory criteria in the next 12 to 36 hours, but will not reach local warning criteria. Wind chill temperatures may reach or exceed -15°F.  Extremely cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chill readings. 

If you must venture outdoors, take precautions against frostbite and hypothermia. See the NWS Wind Chill Chart.

Lake Effect Snow Advisories 

Are issued for a lake effect snow event that is expected to meet or exceed local lake effect snow advisory criteria in the next 12 to 36 hours. Widespread or localized lake induced snow squalls, blowing snow or heavy snow showers which produce snowfall accumulating to 4 or more inches in 12 hours or less, but remain less than 7 inches and below warning criteria. Expect lake effect snow showers and assume travel will be difficult in some areas.  Lake effect snow usually develops in localized narrow bands which will be intense enough to produce several inches in a few areas with sudden restrictions in visibility and impacts a limited area within a county or forecast zone. Use "mid-point" of snowfall range to trigger advisory (i.e. 2 to 5 inches of snow = advisory).

Watches: Be Prepared

Blizzard Watches 

Are issued when conditions are favorable for a blizzard event in the next 24 to 72 hours. There is a potential for falling and/or blowing snow with strong winds or frequent gusts greater than or equal to 35 mph and extremely poor visibilities to less than a ¼ mile for 3 or more hours. 

This can lead to whiteout conditions and make travel very dangerous. 

Winter Storm Watches 

Are issued when conditions are favorable for a significant winter storm event (heavy sleet, heavy snow, ice storm, heavy snow and blowing snow or a combination of events.)  There is a potential to meet or exceed local winter storm warning criteria in the next 24 to 72 hours.

Criteria For Snow: 7 inches or more in 12 hours or less; or 9 inches or more in 24 hours covering at least 50 percent of the zone or encompassing most of the population. Use "mid-point" of snowfall range to trigger a watch (i.e. 5 to 8 inches of snow = watch).

Criteria for Ice: 1/2 inch or more over at least 50 percent of the zone or encompassing most of the population.

Wind Chill Watches 

Are issued when Conditions are favorable for wind chill temperatures to meet or exceed local wind chill warning criteria in the next 24 to 72 hours. There is the potential for a combination of extremely cold air and strong winds to create dangerously low wind chill values. 

See the NWS Wind Chill Chart.  Wind chill temperatures may reach or exceed -25°F.

Lake Effect Snow Watches 

Are issued when conditions are favorable for a lake effect snow event to meet or exceed local lake effect snow warning criteria in the next 24 to 72 hours.  Travel and commerce may be significantly affected. Widespread or localized lake induced snow squalls or heavy snow showers which produce snowfall accumulation to 7 or more inches in 12 hours or less. Lake effect snow usually develops in narrow bands and impacts a limited area within a county or forecast zone. Use "mid-point" of snowfall range to trigger a watch (i.e 5 to 8 inches of snow = watch).

Warnings: Take Action!

Blizzard Warnings 

Are issued when a blizzard event is imminent or expected in the next 12 to 36 hours and means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring.  There is potential for frequent gusts greater than or equal to 35 mph accompanied by falling and/or blowing snow with strong winds, frequently reducing visibility to less than ¼ mile for three hours or more.  May lead to whiteout conditions making travel extremely difficult. 

Do not travel!  If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you.  If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle and wait for help to arrive. 

Winter Storm Warnings 

Are issued for a winter storm event (heavy sleet, heavy snow, ice storm, heavy snow and blowing snow or a combination of events) and is expected to meet or exceed local winter storm warning criteria in the next 12 to 36 hours.

Criteria For Snow: 7 inches or more in 12 hours or less; or 9 inches or more in 24 hours covering at least 50 percent of the zone or encompassing most of the population. Use "mid-point" of snowfall range to trigger warning (i.e. 5 to 8 inches of snow = warning).

Criteria for Ice: 1/2 inch or more over at least 50 percent of the zone or encompassing most of the population. Travel will become difficult or impossible in some situations.  Delay your travel plans until conditions improve.

Ice Storm Warnings 

Are usually issued when there is an ice storm event is expected to meet or exceed local ice storm warning criteria in the next 12 to 36 hours.

Criteria for Ice: 1/2 inch or more over at least 50 percent of the zone or encompassing most of the population.

This amount of ice accumulation will make travel dangerous or impossible and likely lead to snapped power lines and falling tree branches.  Travel is strongly discouraged. 

Wind Chill Warnings 

Are issued when wind chill temperatures are expected to meet or exceed local wind chill warning criteria in the next 12 to 36 hours and for a combination of very cold air and strong winds that will create dangerously low wind chill values. Wind chill temperatures may reach or exceed -25°F. This level of wind chill will result in frostbite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. 

Avoid going outdoors and wear warm, protective clothing if you must venture outside.  See the NWS Wind Chill Chart.

Lake Effect Snow Warnings 

Are issued when a lake effect snow event is expected to meet or exceed local lake effect snow warning criteria in the next 12 to 36 hours and widespread or localized lake induced snow squalls or heavy showers are expected to produce significant snowfall accumulation of 7 or more inches in 12 hours or less. Lake effect snow usually develops in narrow bands and impacts a limited area within a county or forecast zone. Use "mid-point" of snowfall range to trigger warning (i.e. 5 to 8 inches of snow = warning).

These bands can produce very heavy snow with sudden restrictions in visibility.  Driving conditions may become hazardous at times.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

SERVPRO of Upper Darby is locally owned and operated, and serves Wayne, Radnor Township, Villanova, St. Davids, Ardmore Park, Haverford Township, Havertown, Upper Darby, Lansdowne, East Lansdowne, Drexel Hill, Clifton Heights, and the surrounding Delaware County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialist are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

24/7 Fire Damage Restoration Service - 24/7 Water Damage Restoration Service - 24/7 Flood Damage Service - 24/7 Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service - 24/7 Mold Remediation Service - 24/7 Bio-hazard Cleanup - 24/7 Suicide & Crime Cleanup - 24/7 Board-up and Roof Tarping.

Your Belongings and Fire Damage

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Your Belongings and Fire Damage As fire and water restoration specialists, we have the training, experience and specialized equipment necessary to restore your home or business.

Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Upper Darby  understands your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings make your house more than a structure; they make it home.

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Upper Darby specializes in restoring contents damaged by waterfire, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

Dry Cleaning: Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.

Wet Cleaning: An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.

Spray and Wipe: Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.

Foam Cleaning: Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.

Abrasive Cleaning: Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.

Immersion Cleaning: Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Upper Darby can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Electronic Cleanup

Fire damage electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by fire. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces. If the residues are not removed, corrosion causes electronic failure in the device. We will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Document / Photograph Drying

When your valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water or fire, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the fire damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-fire damage condition, SERVPRO of Upper Darby can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage. 

Depending on the type of documents and the level of fire, smoke or soot damage, they have five options for the restoration of documents:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

Contents Claim Inventory Service

When a fire emergency strikes, the damage can often feel overwhelming. We can help ease the worry and confusion during the recovery process by offering our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), which provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. We take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and in some instances, bar coding.

  • Our Contents Claim Inventory Service:
  • Preloss list and value of contents
  • Detailed and accurate report
  • Better information to settle claims quicker
  • Assistance with burden of proof for claims

Peace of mind when you need it most!

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call SERVPRO of Upper Darby

 Today – (610) 352-0700

Making Your Appliances A Priority Will Help You Avoid A Water Damage

11/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Making Your Appliances A Priority Will Help You Avoid A Water Damage SERVPRO of Upper Darby is ready to respond immediately and work quickly to clean or restore your business.

You have enough to worry about when it comes to potential water damages affecting your business. However, there’s a hidden danger that lies within your business's walls that also needs your attention. Leaking and blocked appliances may not seem like a big deal, but a small leak can quickly cause lots of damage to your business. Paying attention to your appliances—and keeping them up to date—can save you money in the long run and ensure your business stays open and runs smoothly.

Here are helpful tips for making your appliances a priority:

Mark Your Calendar

When you purchase new appliances, write down the expiration dates and recommended replacement dates on their parts and hoses.

Make a Date Every Friday Afternoon

Block out 30 minutes every Friday afternoon to walk around and check your appliances. Make sure they’re hooked up to a water source, and check for any blockages or leaks. That way, you won’t leave them unattended for a whole weekend. A small leak over a two-day span can create a large amount of damage, possibly even forcing you to temporarily close your business. Keeping up with your appliances will help keep your weekend (and your business operations) as stress-free as possible.

Don't Put it Off

When you find the problem, fix it right away. Replace a leaky hose, or call a plumber to clear the blockage in your drains or sinks before it is too late. Finding and fixing an issue early on will save you a lot of trouble, time, and money in your business.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

SERVPRO of Upper Darby is locally owned and operated, and serves Wayne, Radnor Township, Villanova, St. Davids, Ardmore Park, Haverford Township, Havertown, Upper Darby, Lansdowne, East Lansdowne, Drexel Hill, Clifton Heights, and the surrounding Delaware County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialist are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

24/7 Fire Damage Restoration Service - 24/7 Water Damage Restoration Service - 24/7 Flood Damage Service - 24/7 Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service - 24/7 Mold Remediation Service - 24/7 Bio-hazard Cleanup - 24/7 Suicide & Crime Cleanup - 24/7 Board-up and Roof Tarping