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Why Hiring a Professional Mold Remediation Company is Your Best Bet

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Hiring a Professional Mold Remediation Company is Your Best Bet If You See Signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO of Upper Darby at (610) 352-0700

Do you have mold in your home? If so, it must be removed. Mold can cause a variety of respiratory and health-related issues, making it incredibly dangerous for you and your family.

Mold remediation is vital for a safe and comfortable home. However, you should never attempt to get rid of the mold on your own, because you may not know what you're dealing with or how to properly get eliminate it. That’s why you should hire a professional mold remediation company.

Make sure your mold remediation contractor has the proper license and insurance. The mold remediation contractor needs to be fully insured so that both you and the contractor are protected during the mold remediation process. Why should the contractor be protected? Because getting rid of mold can be downright dangerous.

Also, make sure the mold remediation contractor is certified and has experience working with mold. When you hire the right mold damage professional to remedy your mold problem, you're doing something that will benefit your entire home and your family.

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

Know Your Fire Facts!

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Know Your Fire Facts! Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Upper Darby (610) 352-0700

Below are important facts provided by the National Fire Protection Association to help you understand how common and dangerous home fires can be!

Home Fires

  • U.S. fire departments respond to an average of one home fires every 86 seconds.
  • Between 2011 and 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 358,500 home structure fires each year. These fires caused 12,300 civilian injuries, 2,510 civilian deaths, and $6.7 billion in direct damage.
  • On average, seven people per day die in U.S. home fires.
  • Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries.
  • For decades, smoking has been the leading cause of home fires deaths.
  • Heating equipment is involved in one in every five home fires deaths

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.

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Quick Tips on Removing Cigarette Odors from Your St. Davids Home

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Quick Tips on Removing Cigarette Odors from Your St. Davids Home SERVPRO of Upper Darby has the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors

Cigarette smoke creates an odor that is notorious for its ability to saturate living spaces and persist long after its source is gone. Inspectors may be asked by clients who recently purchased a smoke-infused home, or by sellers before their house goes on the market, about how to remedy the situation.

Facts About Cigarette Smoke and its Residue

  • Smoke particles can be as small as .001% of the width of a human hair, which allows them to penetrate almost any part of a house. Cigarette smoke can easily circulate through a building’s ventilation system or come up through apartment floors.
  • While cigarette smoke is a known carcinogen, little is known about the health effects of the particles that are left in the air after you can no longer see the smoke.

Odor-Absorbing Materials

The following materials are believed to be capable of absorbing or neutralizing cigarette smoke odors, at least temporarily:

Vinegar

Place a bowl of vinegar in each affected room overnight.

Citrus

Leave a large amount of citrus peels in your home for several days or until they have become desiccated.

Baking Soda

Sprinkle baking soda over the smoke-affected area and let it sit for a few hours before vacuuming it up. Be sure to test the baking soda on a small part of the surface to ensure that the surface or fabric doesn't react unfavorably to the baking soda.

Coffee Grounds

Pour coffee grounds into several coffee filters and tie them closed, leaving them in affected areas.

Charcoal

As you would with vinegar, place charcoal into bowls and leave them in smoke-infused rooms overnight.

Removal Strategies for Smoke Odor

  • Open all windows and turn on fans. Ventilation is probably the best way to remove any odor.
  • Clean light bulbs. Just as some scent-diffusers rely on heat from light bulbs to disperse the aroma of the scented oil, it's possible that the oily residue from nicotine and other cigarette byproducts is dispersed throughout the living area the same way. 
  • Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces, preferably with cleaners that contain ammonia, although woodwork requires cleaners that are not as acidic.
  • Surfaces may be painted to trap odor, although it may be possible for odors to gradually seep through paint barriers.
  • Remove carpeting, as it is nearly impossible to remove smoke particles from carpet. Thoroughly scrub the flooring beneath before installing new carpet. If the carpet cannot be replaced, have it professionally cleaned.
  • Soak blinds in a bathtub full of all-purpose cleaner, scrub them thoroughly, and hang them to dry.
  • Send curtains out to be professionally cleaned or replace them.
  • Purchase a chemical sponge to remove smoke residue from lampshades, books, and other materials.
  • Use an ozone generator. Ozone, as it has three oxygen atoms, is highly unstable and will oxidize easily. When it is introduced into an area, ozone attaches itself to the odor molecules and oxidizes them into their basic elements—carbon dioxide and hydrogen, which have no odor. Beware that ozone is dangerous and ozone generators should be used only in unoccupied spaces.
  • Use a HEPA filter.
  • Burn “smoker candles.” Candles that contain enzymes to help neutralize and remove smoke odors are widely available. They may also be used to remove cooking and pet odors.
  • Replace all heating and air filters regularly, as they tend to harbor cigarette odors and other irritants.

Here at SERVPRO of Upper Darby, we are trained to handle nicotine cleanings in homes, businesses, and cars. We are also highly trained in firesmoke and soot restoration and cleanup, water removal and dehumidificationbiohazardsvandalismcrime scenesmoldair duct cleaningcarpet and stain cleaningodor deodorization, and upholstery

Give SERVPRO of Upper Darby a Call at (610) 352-0700 and let us make it “like it never even happened.”

Stabilizing Your Warehouse After Water Removal

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Stabilizing Your Warehouse After Water Removal SERVPRO of Upper Darby has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies.

SERVPRO of Upper Darby Extracts Water and Preserves Contents in Structures

Warehouse owners know all too well the risk of water damage to their premises. Water that enters a storage area might damage both the facility itself and everything stored inside. Concerns about water damage are justified no matter what kind of warehouse you run—and it is even more worrying if you happen to store food, flowers, or anything else requiring climate control.  

The first thing to do after a leak or flood in your warehouse is to call SERVPRO of Upper Darby for water removal services. Our expert team will arrive ready to remove all the water using a combination of freestanding, truck-mounted, and submersible pumps. However, water removal is only the first step in remediating the situation. Our overall aim is to restore your warehouse “Like it never even happened.”  

We understand the importance of optimum conditions within your premises, such as temperature and humidity. That is why our IICRC-certified technicians pay close attention to measuring moisture and humidity and devising an appropriate drying plan.  

We equip our teams with a range of perfectly calibrated instruments, including thermo-hygrometers, moisture meters and probes, and thermal imaging software. Thermo-hygrometers measure the humidity in the air, i.e. the amount of moisture the air is holding. We also use moisture meters and probes to measure the moisture content of particular parts of the warehouse, such as the walls, storage units, or under the floor. Finally, thermal imaging techniques allow us to see hidden patches of moisture that are invisible to the naked eye.

Once we clearly understand the situation, we devise a drying plan to restore your warehouse to the best temperature and humidity levels. Our experienced team is well versed in calculating the correct number and placement of dehumidifiers and air movers for maximum effect.  

Stabilizing the conditions in your warehouse is a vital part of recovery after water removal, and you can count on SERVPRO of Upper Darby to get the job done right. Protecting your property is our highest priority. 

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 Is Causing Mold in Your Commercial Building?

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What Is Causing Mold in Your Commercial Building? SERVPRO of Upper Darby can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building.

If you found black mold or any type of mold growing in your commercial building, you’re likely wondering how it got there. Was it a moisture problem? Has it been there for a long time? Knowing what caused the growth may help you avoid the need for more mold cleanup in the future.

Stagnant Air

Airflow can help discourage mold buildup because it may dry out the area mold has chosen to make its home. If you have to turn off the HVAC unit for your building, you may be encouraging mold growth. Try to keep some airflow going even when you don’t plan to run your heating or air conditioning unit.

Moisture

Mold needs moisture to survive. This dampness can come from many sources, including:

• Burst pipes
• Leaky faucets
• Broken supply lines
• Flooding

Even something as simple as high humidity in a building can cause mold to grow. If your facility has 70% humidity, you may want to find a way to reduce the moisture in the air.

High Temperatures

Warmth is another element loved by black mold and many other types of fungus. Sometimes the temperatures in empty warehouses or busy factories can get high. Whenever possible, try to keep your buildings below the mid-70s on the Fahrenheit scale to discourage the growth of mold


Darkness

Another environmental element that could lead to more appearances of

mold

is darkness. Darkness alone might not be enough to cause mold growth, but it is often associated with damp, stagnant places. The environment of your commercial building can play a big role in the development of mold.


As you initiate mold cleanup with the help of a commercial remediation team, it can be helpful to know what caused the appearance of black mold. Fixing a moisture problem, for example, could stop the recurrence of this fungus.

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 Remediation FAQ

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation FAQ SERVPRO of Upper Darby understands mold and mold growth and has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.

What is Mold?

Mold is a naturally occurring fungus. It’s present in all kinds of environments, both indoors and outdoors. Mold spores are microscopic and spread through the air, which makes it easy for mold to grow. The best environment for mold growth is a dark, warm, and humid room. We often see the need for mold remediation in rooms where a source of water is introduced, like kitchens, bathrooms, attics, and laundry rooms.

Does Mold Removal Take Care of All Mold?

100% mold removal is not possible. Since mold is a natural part of our environment, removing it completely is an impossible task. Although most people think “mold removal” is what happens when they have a cleanup, the better term is mold remediation.” Mold remediation companies eliminate a large amount of mold to make the environment safe and healthy again for habitation.

What Happens in a Mold Inspection?

Every mold remediation company works differently. At SERVPRO of Upper Darby, we provide mold assessments and estimate. Here is our process:

  • When you call us, we schedule a time to inspect your property.
  • One of our mold remediation specialists will inspect your property. He or she will look for the usual hot spots and ask you about your property’s history with water damages, roof damage, and anything that will help pinpoint where mold may be growing.
  • If we find mold, we will take photos along with measurements. Shortly afterward, we’ll present you with an estimate to remediate your mold.
  • Sometimes, the problem isn’t mold but something else. No matter the cause, we will do our best to help you solve the problem.

Do I Need Mold Testing?

Few people really need to know the exact type of mold found on their property. All mold remediation is treated with the same level of caution and care, and knowing the type of mold present will not change our procedure. Unless you have a specific medical or personal need to know the type of mold, we don’t require mold testing. If you do request mold testing, we can recommend a licensed Industrial Hygienist.

How Much Does Mold Remediation Cost?

It’s important for us to perform a mold inspection at your property to give you an accurate estimate. The cost of remediation will depend on the size and scope of the mold. Call SERVPRO of Upper Darby to schedule a mold assessment and estimate

Do You Remove Black Mold? 

Yes, we have successfully removed black mold in many homes and businesses.  

Does Bleach Kill Mold?

Bleach damages the mold’s structure. However, mold remediation is not as easy as grabbing a bottle of bleach and doing your own cleanup.  In fact, DIY mold removal projects involving bleach often causes the accidental spread of mold spores.

What Do I Do If There’s Mold in Apartment?

If you find mold in your apartment, ask your landlord if you or the apartment complex is responsible for the cost of mold remediation. We’re asked this question often, but only your landlord can provide the answer. Ask to see your rental agreement and how damages like these are covered.

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

Restoration Process for Water Damaged Carpets

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoration Process for Water Damaged Carpets When your home or commercial property has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property.

Water Damaged Carpets

Many types of flood and water damage can cause immense damage to carpeting, including color bleed, warping, mold growth, fraying of materials, corrosion, and other harmful processes. Resolving water damage in carpets is no easy task, and it’s one of the most involved processes for SERVPRO of Upper Darby’s technicians. To effectively clean up and remove signs of water damage, we may need to bring out a full arsenal of machines and treatment plans. Here are some ways we mitigate and repair the effects of water in carpets.



Extraction And Drying

The first and arguably most important part of our work to remove the effects of water damage from carpeting. While water remains in the carpet, it can continue to cause damage and wreak havoc on the home. We use heavy water extraction pumps and directed air movers to eliminate all traces of moisture in the area before moving on to other restoration tasks.



Replacement

Sometimes, the carpet may be so thoroughly damaged that restoration is not a viable option. In this case, we can consult both you and the insurance adjuster to find and install suitable replacement carpeting. While some scenarios may necessitate removal of an entire room's carpet, we more commonly replace only a section of the carpet, seamlessly blending new and restored materials. Note that this may require some extra work such as fresh tack strips.



Restoration

Our primary course of action, however, is not replacement but restoration. We make every effort to save your carpet as we can, and in most cases, we can apply treatments and processes to prevent replacement. Our policy of "restoration before replacement" saves our customers, on average, hundreds or thousands of dollars over the course of our work on their properties.

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 Clean Up Attic Mold

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Clean Up Attic Mold SERVPRO of Upper Darby specializes in mold damage restoration, with advanced training in restoration techniques.

You might not think much of mold in your attic, since it’s outside your living area. However, it can still wreak havoc. For example, if you’re storing anything in the attic, mold growth could destroy it. Mold also rots wood and can damage your roof, undermining your home’s structural integrity. Additionally, if you’re looking to sell your home, any visible mold could instantly derail the sale.

Why Does Mold Grow in the Attic?

The underside of roof sheathing and attic insulation are some of the most susceptible areas for mold growth. This is due to:  

  • Water incursion from a roof or siding leak that has yet to be repaired
  • Improperly installed or insufficient insulation that allows heat and moisture to rise from your home into the attic
  • Inadequate attic ventilation that allows the attic to heat up and fails to dry up any accumulated moisture
  • Incorrect venting from bathrooms, clothes dryers, and kitchen range hoods that send warm, moist air into the attic instead of outside.

Tips to Clean Up Attic Mold

If you see mold growth in your attic, your first step is to assess the moisture problem that caused the mold growth and correct it. Without this initial step, you’ll need additional mold remediation in the future. In many cases, you’ll need the help of a professional to determine the cause of the leak and the best way to fix it.

Next, try one or more of these recommended mold removal methods:

  • Sand or wire-brush the mold away, vacuum up the debris, wipe down all surfaces with a detergent, and finish with a sealant. This is most effective if there’s little staining or mold penetration.
  • Blast the mold away by spraying it with dry ice particles, sand, soda, corn cobs, walnut shells, or glass beads in a pressurized stream. Use this method in tight spaces without fear of damaging the wood’s structural integrity.
  • Treat the affected areas with anti-microbial chemicals to kill the mold. This method isn’t always recommended, and it may require a pesticide applicator’s license.
  • Remove and replace all affected materials if structural integrity has been compromised.

Many of these attic mold removal methods are difficult or impossible without the help of a professional. At SERVPRO of Upper Darby, we’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help you restore your home or commercial property.

Professional Mold Remediation

Here’s why you should leave mold remediation to the professionals at SERVPRO of Upper Darby:

Attic mold removal is difficult 

Mold growing on rafters, trusses, or sheathing in the attic is extremely difficult for a layperson to remove. This is because of poor access, tight quarters, uncomfortable temperatures, and unsafe working conditions caused by exposed insulation and roofing nails. Professionals have the tools and experience to perform the job to your expectations.

Post-remediation testing puts your mind at ease 

If any mold remains, it can spread. How will you know if the mold was removed completely? Professional testing can tell you whether adequate cleanup was achieved.

Personal protective equipment is important 

Do you have the gear to protect yourself against harmful mold exposure? At minimum, professionals use an N95 respirator and eye, hand, and clothing protection. 

To make use of today’s best mold removal technology and begin the cleanup process without delay, please contact SERVPRO of Upper Darby. With our help, it’ll be “Like it never even happened.”

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 is FEMA?

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What is FEMA? SERVPRO of Upper Darby provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Located within the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is responsible for coordinating the federal government's response to natural and manmade disasters

Many homeowners are unaware of this support system for victims of domestic disasters. Every year the most common, and expensive, national disaster is flooding. Even without flood insurance, people impacted by flood waters can get some monetary relief. 


What Options Does FEMA Offer?


Renters, homeowners, and business owners have the choice to purchase a policy directly through The National Flood Insurance Program. This is a good decision if your home is located in a flood plain. However, even if you are not covered, there are two additional options to help fund flood damage repair of your home and property:

  • Apply for a grant, which does not need to be paid back. This money is for disaster-related expenditures such as emergency repairs to your home or short-term housing while your house is unlivable. Grants are not intended to fund complete restoration, but rather to help you return your home to a safe condition. 
  • Apply for a disaster loan, which does need to be paid back. However, you can borrow enough money to completely restore your home to pre-flood condition. 

How Do Homeowners Access Support?

  • You are eligible for FEMA’s programs when a declared disaster causes damage to your home or property. A member of your household must be a US citizen or qualified alien. You may be eligible for other types of assistance if the members of your home are undocumented. 
  • An inspector will contact you to inspect the damage. The next step includes working with a qualified flood and water restoration specialist, who restores your home and personal property. 

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO of Upper Darby responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.

Should a storm or major event strike, call (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

What Commercial Property Owners Should Know About Flooding and Black Water

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What Commercial Property Owners Should Know About Flooding and Black Water The level of contamination of the water will affect the specific restoration processes SERVPRO of Upper Darby will use.

Dealing with water damage isn’t something that your neighbors will envy you for. It can be absolutely devastating for your Delaware County commercial property, not to mention the possibility of being temporarily displaced, and business put on hold. To prepare for a possible flood in your area, take these precautionary steps.



Know Your Flood Risk

It’s important to keep track of your region’s flood risk. There are a number of factors that can determine your flood risk, but keep in mind that nowhere in the United States is risk-free. If you live in a coastal city during hurricane season, your flood risk will dramatically increase. Other areas with typically high flood risk include low-lying areas near bodies of water or downstream from a dam or levee.



Know Your Insurance Options

When it comes to natural disaster-type flash floods, typical commercial insurance policies often don’t cover the damage. Flood insurance is a separate policy purchased through FEMA, so keep that in mind if you’re in an area with high flood risk. Also, familiarize yourself with local disaster restoration companies and choose one you prefer beforehand, since the time to act must be immediately after the flood. 



Know the Signs of Water Damage

Some floods are more severe than others, and in some cases, it will be obvious when your business has been affected. In other cases, however, water damage can be more insidious. It’s important to recognize the signs and know the different types of water that can damage your home. Black water, for example, is highly contaminated and will cause severe odor and mold damage to your property if not treated immediately. Floodwater is, in every case, considered black water. Grey water can also cause damage, but it is derived from appliances and pipes in your building.

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