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How to Manage Spring Storm Damage

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

House with a tree through the roof SERVPRO of Upper Darby has experience restoring homes affected by storms and flooding.

Spring storms can wreak havoc on your property. Take matters into your own hands to prevent storm damage to your home, and be sure to call in the professionals at SERVPRO of Upper Darby when needed.

Prepare for Significant Rainfall

Storms can bring a significant rainfall which can quickly result in floods. Whether you have a sump pump, French Drain, or central drains, be sure to check them often and schedule routine maintenance.

Tree Maintenance

Take a look at yours and your neighbor’s trees for any suspicious limbs. These include branches that appear to be decaying, ones that are too close to power lines, and ones that are too close to your home.

Use Your Landscaping to Your Advantage

Once you know your house well, you’ll likely know the areas of your yard more prone to puddling and run off. Use landscaping to your advantage by planting wet-footed plants or installing confined pea gravel, or placing splash blocks to redirect gutter flow.

Know Before You Go

Prior to leaving your house, check the forecast and plan accordingly. If storms are in the forecast, close windows, secure pots and planters, close umbrellas, and stack or tie down patio furniture.

Prepare Your Basement

Make sure anything stored in the basement is kept at least 4 inches off the ground (especially irreplaceable items like photographs and mementos). Check your basement often for water or mold accumulation.

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO of Upper Darby has experience restoring homes affected by storm and flooding. We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians who employ specialized equipment and techniques to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.

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Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

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.

Spring Rain Brings Damage

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Rain falling on a house on a hill When a storm hits your home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise.

Springtime always seems to bring plenty of rain and plenty of rain always brings a higher risk of water damage to your home. The following are the most common causes of springtime water damage.

Broken Sump Pump

If you have a basement, you understand the importance of a sump pump. Without one, water can seep into your basement and cause lots of damage. One of the most common causes of a flooded basement is a sump pump that stopped working.

To prevent this from happening, you can do three things.

  • You can get a backup battery for your sump in case the power goes out.
  • You can get a backup sump pump that is usually set to come on if the water rises above the normal level for your working sump pump.
  • You can install a water sensor alarm on the floor near the sump pump. While you may still have some water damage, at least you will be able to catch it fast and have SERVPRO of Upper Darby’s professionals come out to pump out the water and dry out your basement.

Roof Leaks

With the increased showers as well as high winds, roof damage can happen or be revealed as water seeps through your roof and damages your ceilings and walls. To reduce the risk of roof leaks, you should inspect your roof for any damages from the winter and inspect it after every major storm.

The most common cause of roof leaks is a damaged or missing shingle from storms or fallen branches. If you do experience water damage inside your home from the ceiling or wall, you will want to contact a professional from SERVPRO of Upper Darby to inspect the damage, remove the water, and remediate the damage. 

Foundation Cracks

If the foundation around the base of your home and the basement walls cracks, water can seep into the basement or crawl space. A sump pump won’t help you since the water is seeping through the walls as opposed to being channeled to the sump pump.

Usually, people discover foundation cracks after a big storm or when a gutter is clogged and the water is falling right by your house. Repairing foundation cracks can be a very expensive job depending on the situation but without the repair, there is no way to prevent the water leaking into your basement or crawlspace.

It never hurts to walk around the perimeter of your home checking for any potential foundation cracks as well as checking any bare walls in your basement and/or crawlspace.

Window & Door Leaks

Another common source of water damage is from old or damaged windows. Water especially from a huge storm can blow into cracks and crevices around your window causing water damage that may not be discovered quickly allowing mold to develop and cause further damage.

Make sure to inspect around your windows and doors for cracks or old caulking that has peeled or cracked off. You can usually caulk any small cracks or crevices to ensure water doesn’t seep into your home causing damage.

Call the Pros of SERVPRO for Water Damage This Spring

If you should suffer water damage whether from Spring weather or a cracked pipe or an overflowing bathtub or toilet, call the water damage cleanup experts at SERVPRO of Upper Darby at (610) 352-0700  for 24-hour emergency service. 

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

SERVPRO of Upper Darby has experience restoring homes affected by storms and flooding. We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians who employ specialized equipment and techniques to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition

Understanding Winter Weather Alerts in Delaware County, PA

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

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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, pipes in your home can become frozen, causing water. Being aware and prepared is the best way to minimize damage to your property.

A Winter Weather Event

This 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 15th and April 15th.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

SERVPRO of Upper Darby has experience restoring homes affected by storms. We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians who employ specialized equipment and techniques to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.

When Are Local Winter Weather Warnings, Watches and Advisories Issued?

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

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When winter weather impacts our area, the National Weather Service issues several types of alerts. These include winter storm watches, warnings and advisories.

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.

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.

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.

Have Winter Storm Damage?
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Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

SERVPRO of Upper Darby has experience restoring homes affected by storms. We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians who employ specialized equipment and techniques to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.

How to Winterize Your Home on a Budget

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

House covered in snow When a winter storm hits your home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise.

Winterization is the process of preparing a home for the harsh conditions of winter. It is usually performed in the fall before snow and excessive cold have arrived. Stay warm, save money and prevent damage to your home from the cold and snow with these simple winterization tips.

Clean Your Gutters

Clear leafs, tree branches and debris from your gutters. Failure to do so can result in leaks and the overflow of water whenever rain falls or snow melts. Making sure that water can flow freely through your gutters now will help prevent icicles and ice dams from forming later. 

The benefits of cleaning your gutters before winter will help you avoid the unfortunate event of your basement being flooded with water, rotted fascia boards, cracked walkways or patios and many other potential areas of damage.

Cost: Other than your sweat and time, free.

Flush the Water Heater

Particles and sediment can collect over time in the bottom of your water heater, hindering the unit's efficiency. Flush the water through the drain valve to clear out the material and keep your heater functioning at its best. 

Cost: 100% free if you do it yourself!

Replace Filters

Well-oiled, clean HVAC machinery uses less energy and provides more effective heating and cooling than dirty equipment. A dirty filter will restrict airflow through the heating or cooling system.

Throughout the winter, evaluate the filters monthly and replace them if there's any accumulation of debris. Furnaces and heat pumps are operating constantly to stay ahead of the cold, circulating more air through the filter, leaving behind ample dust and debris to coat the filter. 

Cost: $20 to $35 for a pack of filters.

Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat relieves homeowners of that responsibility, enabling them to configure a heating and cooling cycle that corresponds to their daily schedules. The US Department of Energy says you can save as much as 1% on your energy bill for every degree you lower your home's temperature during the winter. Install a programmable thermostat to save money by keeping the temp down when you're not at home. 

Cost: prices vary from basic versions $35 to $60 to smart-home options in the $100 to $200 range.

Clockwise Ceiling Fans

Set your ceiling fans to move in a clockwise direction. The gentle updraft pushes warm air, which naturally rises to the ceiling, down along the walls and back the floor. Homeowners who use ceiling fans during the winter can save as much as 15 percent on heating bills.

Cost: free if you have a fan.

Winterize Your Pipes

When water freezes, it expands. So, if the temperature of your pipes drops below 32 degrees, even for a short period, you run the risk of a pipe fracture or worse. Take precautions now to avoid a major water damage. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawlspaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Also, pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.

Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a “pipe sleeve” or installing UL-listed “heat tape,” “heat cable,” or similar materials on exposed water pipes.

Cost: Pipe Sleeve $5 to $12 per sleeve; Insulation Tape $10 per pack;  Heat Cable $20 to $150 depending on length

Window Insulation Film

Window insulation film is a plastic film which can be applied to glass windows to reduce heat transfer. Window insulation film can keep up to 70% of heat from leaking out of the windows.

Cost: $5 to $15 per kit.

Weatherstripping

Place weatherstripping along doorjambs, and in the gaps between windows and sashes, to keep the chilly breezes out and the heat in. Weatherstripping can save you up to 20 percent on your heating bill. Choose a type of weatherstripping that will withstand the friction, weather, temperature changes, and wear and tear associated with its location. 

Cost: $5 to $10 per roll.

Draft Guards

In a drafty room, heat escapes under the door. A Draft Guard is a flexible, rubber strip that seals the gap at the bottom of the door to keep out drafts and prevent heat loss.

Cost: $10 to $20 or free if you place a rolled towel at the bottom of the door.  

Fiberglass Insulation

Fiberglass insulation slows the spread of heat, cold, and sound in structures. The material does this by trapping pockets of air, keeping rooms warm in the winter. For maximum heat retention, pack fiberglass insulation around basement doors, windows in unused rooms, and window AC units. Make sure your attic floor is insulated to stop heat from escape through the attic as it rises! 

 Cost: around $25 per roll.

Caulking

Any remaining gaps in siding, windows, or doors can be filled with caulk. For extra drafty windows and doors, caulk the inside too, pulling off moldings to fill all gaps in the insulation. 

Cost: $10 for a caulk gun and less than $5 for a tube of caulk.

Chimney Balloon

A chimney balloon is a balloon made of special heat reactive, durable material. Its purpose is to block the opening of a chimney that is not in use. If you do not regularly use your fireplace, a chimney balloon is the ideal solution to stop chimney drafts and save energy.

Cost: $25 to $60 depending on the size of the balloon.

Have Winter Storm Damage?
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Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

Restoring storm- and flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.

Odors After Flooding

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

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Flooding can leave behind unpleasant odors. The main culprit being mold, which creates musty odors that permeate your entire building. If the floodwater results in sewage loss within your building’s septic system, the smells will be even worse. The best way to remove these odors is to hire a professional water damage remediation company like SERVPRO of Upper Darby. Every flood damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. 

Dry the Flooded Area

Any standing water will need to be extracted first. For the remaining dampness, professionals will bring in heavy-duty air movers to promote air circulation to aid in the drying process. Dehumidifiers can also help with removing moisture from the air.

Take Note of Lingering Odors

As part of the water damage restoration process, professionals at SERVPRO of Upper Darby will remove items too badly damaged from mold growth to remedy. This can include panels of drywall or flooring. This will assist with eliminating the odor, but it’s important to pay attention to lingering odors and contact SERVPRO of Upper Darby.

Enhance Overall Air Quality

Indoor air quality is critical to your well-being. Replace furnace and air filters once every three months. You may also want to acquire a high-efficiency particulate air filter to remove substances that have entered the air through floodwater. Mold growth can lead to serious health complications, so if you smell something, act fast. Always allow a professional company to address any odors first before handling it yourself, because the wrong step could exacerbate the underlying problem.

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Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

SERVPRO of Upper Darby has the training and equipment to identify and eliminate offensive odor. By identifying the cause of the odor, and determining the conditions where it contacts surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.

The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call, and leave the restoration to us.

Avoid A Flooded Basement Caused by Sump Pump Failure

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

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If Your Sump Pump Fails, Your Basement Could Flood

Your sump pump is often your last line of defense against flooding.  It works by safely diverting water away from your house and is especially important during times of heavy rain when it puts your home at risk of water damage.  If your sump pump fails, you could find your basement flooded.  If this happens, it is important to act fast! Water damage can be a progressive issue and if not dealt with in a timely manner, this could lead to structural damage, mold and much more.

Avoid A Flooded Basement

  1. It is important to make sure your sump pump is in working order.  Otherwise you risk the chance that it could fail when you need it most.
  2. Check the float control to make sure it is free and not restricted or hung up.
  3. Occasionally, test your sump pump to ensure it is working properly. You can do this by filling the pit with water and watch to see if it is pumped away.  If not, you may have a problem.
  4. After heavy rains, check the sump pump inlet screen for any blockages. Blockage is one of the leading causes of sump pump failure.
  5. Replace the battery backup every 2-3 years.  The last thing you need is to find out your batter backup is dead in the middle of a power outage during a big storm. 

Have Water or Flood Damage?
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SERVPRO of Upper Darby – (610) 352-0700

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

When your home has water damage from a flooded basement, you need the company that can respond immediately. SERVPRO of Upper Darby’s highly trained technicians will employ specialized equipment and techniques to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.

Learn How to Prevent Pipes From Freezing, and How to Thaw Them If They Do Freeze

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

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

Why Pipe Freezing is a Problem

Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the strength of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break.

Pipes that freeze most frequently are:

  • Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation.
  • Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.
  • Pipes that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, and water sprinkler lines.

How to Protect Pipes From Freezing

Before the onset of cold weather, protect your pipes from freezing by following these recommendations:

  • Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a "pipe sleeve" or installing UL-listed "heat tape," "heat cable," or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes – even ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.
  • Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
  • Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.
  • Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
  • Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer's or installer's directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

How 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. 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.
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

Damage from Cold Weather or Winter Storm?

Call SERVPRO of Upper Darby - (610) 352-0700

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

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 can respond immediately with highly trained technicians who employ specialized equipment and techniques to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.

What Families Should Know About Winter Storms in Pennsylvania

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Female walking in a snow storm SERVPRO of Upper Darby has experience restoring homes affected by winter storms

What Is a Winter Storm?

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).

How Can I Prepare for a Winter Storm?

  • 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.
  • Learn the winter storm risk in Pennsylvania.
  • Make sure your emergency survival kit is stocked with essential items and kept in an easily accessible location.
  • Fully charge portable electronic devices.
  • 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.

What to Do During a Winter Storm Watch?

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

What to Do During a Winter Storm?

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 can be a deadly decision.

  • Be aware of changing weather conditions.
  • Listen to local radio, television, or a smart phone for updated emergency information.
  • Stay indoors and dress warmly during the storm.
  • Wearing layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing will keep you warmer than one bulky sweater.
  • Keep portable electronic devices charged.
  • 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.
  • Follow forecasts and be prepared when venturing outside.
  • Help neighbors who may require special assistance.
  • Avoid driving and other travel until conditions have improved.
  • Avoid overexertion.

If your property has been damaged by cold weather or winter storms, call SERVPRO of Upper Darby at (610) 352-0700

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

SERVPRO of Upper Darby has experience restoring homes affected by winter storm. We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians who employ specialized equipment and techniques to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.

How to Prepare When a Storm Is in the Forecast

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Upper Darby has experience restoring homes affected by storms and flooding.

No one plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it.

Typically, you’ll know well in advance when a storm is coming. While there is only so much you can do to prepare and protect your home, you should still do everything possible to prevent floodwater from entering and water damage from harming your property.

Learn How to Shut Off Electrical Supply

Know where your circuit breaker is located in your property. Turn off the power if your block experiences a power outage. You want to shut everything off because when power is finally restored, the sudden burst of energy could overload the system and significantly damage your electrical appliances. You should also turn off all utilities right before you evacuate, if necessary. 


Relocate Valuables

Keep any precious heirlooms out of the basement, which is most susceptible to floodwater. Also, keep valuables away from doors and windows, because they are points for water or winds to enter. 

Trim Trees

When you have ample notice of an upcoming storm, consider hiring a professional service to trim and prune trees that are too close to your home. A diseased tree or weakened branches can break off and strike a building. 

Move Lawn Accessories Outside

With strong enough winds, outdoor ornaments and furniture can become projectiles. Move them inside for the time being, or secure them outside by using a bungee cord or cable. 

Maintain Gutters

Your home’s gutters help keep floodwater away from the siding and foundation of your house. Remove leaves and other debris from the gutters regularly so that water can flow unimpeded.

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO of Upper Darby has experience restoring homes affected by storms and flooding. We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians who employ specialized equipment and techniques to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.

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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.

How to Manage Spring Storm Damage

5/11/2019 (Permalink)

Springtime is the right time for gardening, outdoor events, and damaging storms. Spring storms can wreak havoc on your property and enjoyment of the warmer season. Take matters into your own hands to prevent storm damage to your home, and be sure to call in the professionals at SERVPRO of Upper Darby when needed.

Prepare For Significant Rainfall

Storms can bring a significant rainfall which can quickly result in floods. Whether you have a sump pump, French Drain, or central drains, be sure to check them often and schedule routine maintenance.

Tree Maintenance

Take a look at yours and your neighbor’s trees for any suspicious limbs. These include branches that appear to be decaying, ones that are too close to power lines, and ones that are too close to your home.

Use Your Landscaping To Your Advantage

Once you know your house well, you’ll likely know the areas of your yard more prone to puddling and run off. Use landscaping to your advantage by planting wet-footed plants or installing confined pea gravel, or placing splash blocks to redirect gutter flow.

Know Before You Go

Prior to leaving your house, check the forecast and plan accordingly. If storms are in the forecast, close windows, secure pots and planters, close umbrellas, and stack or tie down patio furniture.

Prepare Your Basement

Make sure anything stored in the basement is kept at least 4 inches off the ground (especially irreplaceable items like photographs and mementos). Check your basement often for water or mold accumulation.

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO of Upper Darby has experience restoring homes affected by storm and flooding. We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians who employ specialized equipment and techniques to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us 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.

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

Avoiding Water Damage Caused by Sump Pump Failure

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property.

If Your Sump Pump Fails, Your Basement Could Begin to Fill with Water

If you have a basement, your sump pump is often your last line of defense against flooding.  It works by safely diverting water away from your house and is especially important during times of heavy rain when it puts your home at risk of water damage.  If your sump pump fails, you could find your basement under water.  When this happens, it is important to act fast! Water damage can be a progressive issue and if not dealt with in a timely manner, this could lead to structural damage, mold and much more.

Tips to Avoid Water Damage

  1. It is important to make sure your sump pump is in working order.  Otherwise you risk the chance that it could fail when you need it most.
  1. After heavy rains, check the sump pump inlet screen for any blockages. Blockage is one of the leading causes of sump pump failure.
  1. Occasionally, test your sump pump to ensure it is working properly. You can do this by filling the pit with water and watch to see if it is pumped away.  If not, you may have a problem.
  1. Check the float control to make sure it is free and not restricted or hung up.
  1. Replace the battery backup every 2-3 years.  The last thing you need is to find out your batter backup is dead in the middle of a power outage during a big storm. 

Have Water or Flood Damage?
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SERVPRO of Upper Darby’s Water Damage Restoration Process

Every water damage situation is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” water damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Water Damage Repair and Restoration

When your home has water damage from flooding or leaks, you need the company that can respond immediately and has the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. SERVPRO of Upper Darby uses advanced water damage inspection and extraction equipment to help them find the moisture and to remove it as quickly as possible. Our highly trained technicians will monitor and document the drying process so that you know your property is back to normal.

Please refer to our Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

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

Getting Prepared for Spring Rain!

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

When a storm hits your Bear home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise.

While many of us look forward to the changing season of Spring with the warmer weather and the trees and flowers starting to bloom, there is one part that isn’t so great. Springtime always seems to bring plenty of rain and plenty of rain always brings a higher risk of water damage to your home.

Roof Leaks

With the increased showers as well as high winds, roof damage can happen or be revealed as water seeps through your roof and damages your ceilings and walls. To reduce the risk of roof leaks, you should inspect your roof for any damages from the winter and inspect it after every major storm.

The most common cause of roof leaks is a damaged or missing shingle from storms or fallen branches. If you do experience water damage inside your home from the ceiling or wall, you will want to contact a professional from SERVPRO of Upper Darby to inspect the damage, remove the water, and remediate the damage. 

Window & Door Leaks

Another common source of water damage is from old or damaged windows. Water especially from a huge storm can blow into cracks and crevices around your window causing water damage that may not be discovered quickly allowing mold to develop and cause further damage.

Make sure to inspect around your windows and doors for cracks or old caulking that has peeled or cracked off. You can usually caulk any small cracks or crevices to ensure water doesn’t seep into your home causing damage.

Broken Sump Pump

If you have a basement, you understand the importance of a sump pump. Without one water can seep into your basement and cause lots of damage. One of the most common causes of a flooded basement is a sump pump that stopped working.

To prevent this from happening, you can do three things. You can get a backup battery for your sump in case the power goes out. You can get a backup sump pump that is usually set to come on if the water rises above the normal level for your working sump pump. So if your sump pump either stops working or can’t pump the water out fast enough, your backup will kick in.  The last thing you can do is install a water sensor alarm on the floor near the sump pump. While you may still have some water damage, at least you will be able to catch it fast and have SERVPRO of Upper Darby’s professionals come out to pump out the water and dry out your basement.

Foundation Cracks

If the foundation around the base of your home and the basement walls cracks, water can seep into the basement or crawl space. A sump pump won’t help you since the water is seeping through the walls as opposed to being channeled to the sump pump.

Usually people discover foundation cracks after a big storm or when a gutter is clogged and the water is falling right by your house. Repairing foundation cracks can be a very expensive job depending on the situation but without the repair, there is no way to prevent the water leaking into your basement or crawlspace.

It never hurts to walk around the perimeter of your home checking for any potential foundation cracks as well as checking any bare walls in your basement and/or crawlspace.

Call the Pros of SERVPRO for Water Damage This Spring

If you should suffer water damage whether from Spring weather or a cracked pipe or an overflowing bathtub or toilet, call the water damage cleanup experts at SERVPRO of Upper Darby at (610) 352-0700 for 24-hour emergency service. 

At SERVPRO of Upper Darby, we have specialized equipment, professional training, and certifications that allow us to restore your home to its pre-water damage condition.

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)

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

What is FEMA?

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

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

Storm and Hail Damage to Your Pennsylvania Home

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Upper Darby responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies

Hail and other storms can cause major damage to your roof—often to the point where roof repair or replacement is needed.

On an asphalt roof, you'll notice hail damage by the appearance of bruises, or dark spots, where roofing granules have been blown away. In some cases there may be cracks, holes, or missing shingles. After a tornado or other severe windstorm, you may even see split seams and missing or torn shingles. On other roof materials—including slate, tile, metal and wood—damage may include: cracked, broken, or missing shingles; torn or split seams; and missing sections of the roof. Your home may even have structural damage if a tree limb or other object falls onto your roof. A roof repair professional will use extreme caution in dealing with such a situation.

No matter the type of roof damage, it can result in leaks and severe water damage, which can lead to other serious problems. It takes great expertise to determine the right steps to fix these issues.

Reputable water restoration companies have highly trained restoration technicians who provide quality storm remediation. The storm restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Upper Darby can advise you on how to resolve situations such as water damage, flood damage, ice damage and ice damming. Also, skilled roofing professionals in Pennsylvania, can handle the roof damage and roof leaks and provide the necessary roof repair during storm remediation

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Upper Darby 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

Water Damage Caused by a Storm in Pennsylvania

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your Pennsylvania home or business back to pre-storm condition.

Flooding in your home can occur for a few reasons. Heavy rains, such as from a hurricane or another severe or torrential storm, typically cause flooding. Flooding may also occur due to a major plumbing issue. No matter the cause, water needs to be removed quickly so that the significant task of flood damage repair can begin. It’s important to find the right company to do the job. Here’s what to consider.  

The Type of Services Available

When water enters your home, it can impact almost every surface. Drywall and wood features can become warped and may even rot or decompose. Fabrics and upholstery may become stained and moldy. Electrical work may go on the fritz. These are just a few of the many issues, and all will need to be remedied before the repair work is completed. Some items may be salvaged, but others will need to be fixed or replaced. The best results will be from a company that focuses on restoring your property to its former condition in a timely manner. The company may need to offer water remediation services if water is still in the home, and advanced equipment should be used to ensure thorough results. It’s also important that the company takes a full approach to repair work, including working with your insurance company to file a claim.

A Certified Company

While there may be several companies in your local area that offer flood damage cleanup services, you don’t want to trust just any company with this important project. Instead, you want to work with a certified company that has a great reputation. Look for a company that is affiliated with or certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC. The certification to look for is the Cleantrust certification. In addition, while you should act quickly to schedule service with a flood damage cleanup company, you should also spend a few minutes reading consumer reviews to determine if the company is known for providing fast, quality work.

An Immediate Response with Focused Effort

When you contact a professional flood cleanup company for assistance, you should inquire about availability. The company ideally will offer around-the-clock service if you are dealing with a flooding issue in your home. You typically only have a number of hours to dry out the home before the potential risk for mold growth increases, so a timely response is imperative. In addition, ask about the steps the company will take to follow through on the work, the finished results you should expect, and the anticipated time frame. Flood damage cleanup can be significant, and the process may be lengthy. However, the company should be focused on working on your home until the work is completed.

At the first sign of a flood in your home, begin searching for a reputable company. When you focus on these factors, you can expect superior results.

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

Hurricane Florence Cleanup and Restoration

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. Call SERVPRO of Upper Darby

Here to Help and Ready to Respond

Hurricane Florence is likely to cause flooding and wind destruction, and SERVPRO of Upper Darby is already in place and ready to respond. In addition to the local Franchises that are located in the areas likely to be affected, SERVPRO has a national network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and designated Disaster Recovery Teams ready to mobilize if more resources are needed.

Overview

Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall as a major category 4 hurricane with catastrophic impact to the Carolinas and Virginia. There is also high risk of inland flooding in NC, SC and VA due to Hurricane Florence slowly moving through the weekend. Over 3 feet of rain is possible in some locations.  

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Restoring storm- and flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your Wayne property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us 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

What Happens If Lightning Strikes Your Home?

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your Wayne property to pre-storm condition.

A cloud-to-ground lightning bolt's main objective is to find the path of least resistance from the cloud to deep into the ground. Your house is filled with many potential routes for lightning to follow. This includes gutters, downspouts, metal window frames, water and gas pipes, electric lines, phone lines, cable TV/internet lines—anything conductive in your house. Lightning doesn't need conductive objects to reach ground, but conductive objects make lightning’s journey even more convenient.  

Lightning passing through your home will often “branch” and use more than one path to ground at a time. It can also jump through the air from one conductive path to another in what is called a side flash. For example, lightning may first connect to electric lines in the attic of a house, then jump to better-grounded water pipes on a lower floor. Bolts have been seen jumping from wall outlets to sink faucets and even across rooms!

Three Major Hazards to Homes Hit Directly

Fire Danger

The biggest danger lightning poses to a house is fire. Wood and other flammable building materials can easily be ignited anywhere an exposed lightning channel comes in contact with (or passes through) them. It is most common for lightning to start a fire in the attic or roof of a house, as the channel usually has to pass through some of the roof’s structural material before it can reach a more conductive path such as wiring or pipes. When lightning current travels through wires, it will commonly burn them up—presenting a fire ignition hazard anywhere along the affected circuits.


 

Power Surge Damage

If lightning chooses any of the home's electrical wiring as its primary or secondary path, the explosive surge can damage even non-electronic appliances that are connected. Even if most of the lightning current takes other paths to ground, the home's electrical system will experience enough of a surge to cause potentially significant damage to anything connected to it, electronics in particular.


 

Shock Wave Damage

Another major source of damage from lightning is produced from the explosive shock wave. The shock waves that lightning creates is what produces the thunder that we hear, and at close range, these waves can be destructive. Lightning can easily fracture concrete, brick, cinderblock, and stone. Brick and stone chimneys can be damaged severely by lightning. Lightning's shock waves can blow out plaster walls, shatter glass, create trenches in soil, and crack foundations. Shrapnel is a common secondary damage effect, with objects sometimes found embedded in walls!

What to Do If Lightning Strikes Your House

If you know your house has been struck, call the fire department immediately. Ignited materials in the roof or walls may start with a slow burn before turning into a full house fire. A lightning fire is particularly dangerous for this reason, and you should always take steps to ensure the safety of your home and family.

  • Call your local fire department or 911 if you smell smoke. If a fire starts in the attic, you may not notice right away. The fire department can perform an inspection and search for issues.
  • Find an electrician to assess your wiring and make sure there are no damaged wires that may cause a fire hazard later.
  • Inspect your roofing and siding for damage from the strike itself.

How to Stay Safe in Your Home

While rare, it is possible to receive a lightning injury inside a house. Burns and electric shock injuries can occur when someone is in direct contact with one of lightning's chosen paths to the ground. The most common indoor lightning injuries involve a person talking on a corded phone or resting on/looking out of a metal-framed window. "Side flashes" (discussed above) that jump across rooms can also cause injuries. Again, they are rare.

Things to Avoid

  • Taking a shower or bath
  • Doing dishes
  • Using electronics (computers, video games, or wired phone, tools or appliances)
  • Metal-framed windows
  • Direct skin contact with earth ground. This is because lightning current can travel through soil and across wet/damp concrete. Wear shoes if walking in a basement, garage, or patio.

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

When a lightning strike causes a fire, it can be frightening. At SERVPRO of Upper Darby, we recognize that these events are daunting, and you may not know where to turn next. Our highly trained technicians are prepared to handle fire damage of any kind, so you can feel at peace when you put your trust in us. 

There is no substitute for training and experience. As fire and water damage specialists, our business is built upon fire and water restoration expertise. We have the knowledge and specialized equipment to get your property back to pre-fire condition.

Call SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA at (610) 352-0700 for all your cleaning, water damagefire damage and mold remediation needs! 

Drafty Windows? Solutions for Every Budget

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO of Upper Darby can provide help whether you're dealing with a blizzard, hurricane or flood

8 Easy DIY Projects to Help Dispel Those Drafts

As outside temperatures plummet, leaky windows can make the inside of your home feel downright chilly. Obviously, the permanent solution to drafts is to replace old and leaky windows with new, energy-efficient versions. Not everyone, however, can afford the substantial cost of replacement windows, and for those who are renting a home, expensive projects simply don't make sense. But there are some quick and easy fixes for drafty windows that can make a big difference in both your comfort level and your heating bills. Indeed, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, reducing drafts in a home can result in energy savings that range between 5 and 30 percent per year, while keeping your family snug and cozy. Here are a few easy projects to help dispel those drafts.

  1. Locate the Source

Find the source of drafts in your home using a matchstick or candle. Slowly move the flame around the window frame. If the flame bends or flickers at any point, use a small sticky note to mark the spot so you can come back and seal it.

  1. Draft Snake

Make or purchase a draft snake to prevent warm air from escaping—or cold air from entering—around the sills of drafty windows and under doors. Draft snakes can be made of virtually any fabric, including old towels or socks.

  1. Storm Stoppers

Install interior storm windows, which fit into the inside of an existing window frame. As an alternative to storm windows, plexiglass or clear acrylic panels can be secured with screws in the corners of the window frame.

  1. Plastic Shrink Wrap

Apply plastic shrink film to the indoor window frame with double-sided tape, then heat the plastic with a blow dryer to shrink the film and remove wrinkles. Most home improvement stores sell plastic shrink insulation kits that can be easily installed in minutes.

  1. Caulk

Window caulking is one of the first lines of defense against cold air —but it can develop cracks or gaps over the years. Seal small cracks by adding a new layer of caulk or by adding rope caulk, which can be molded into the cracks. If there are large gaps or cracks, remove the old caulk and replace it.

  1. Bubble Wrap

If you don’t need to open a window all winter, use bubble wrap to seal it. You can buy bubble wrap by the roll and cut it to fit your drafty windows. Use double-sided tape to keep the plastic in place.

  1. Window Treatment

Seasonally swap out your lightweight curtains for insulating window treatments. Opt for heavy draperies or layered curtains; honeycomb shades, which trap air between layers of fabric to provide insulation; or roman shades.

  1. Weather Stripping

Repair, replace, or add weather stripping around drafty windows and doors. Choose from self-stick rubber weather stripping, sold in rolls; felt weather stripping, sold in sheets; V-seal weather stripping, sold in both plastic and spring-metal versions; or expandable spray foam weather stripping, sold in aerosol cans.

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Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

When you are dealing with winter storm and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA can respond immediately to any size disaster in Delaware County.

15 Random Facts About Winter Weather

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

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What’s Happening Outdoors This Time of Year

1.   IT SNOWS WHERE YOU LEAST EXPECT IT.

Snow has been known to touch down anywhere from the Sahara Desert to Hawaii – even the driest place on Earth isn’t immune.  In 2011, the Atacama Desert in Chile received nearly 32 inches of snow, thanks to a rare cold front from Antarctica.

2.   SNOWFLAKES COME IN ALL SIZES.

The average snowflake ranges from a size slightly smaller than a penny to the width of a human hair, but according to some unverified sources, they can grow much larger.  Witnesses of a snowstorm in Fort Keogh, Montana, in 1887, claimed to see saucepan-sized crystals fall from the sky.  If true, that would make them the largest snowflakes ever spotted, at around 15 inches wide!

3.   A LITTLE WATER CAN MAKE A LOT OF SNOW.

The air doesn’t need to be super moist to produce impressive amounts of snow.  Unlike plain rainfall, a bank of fluffy snow contains lots of air that adds to its bulk.  That’s why what would have been an inch of rain in the summer, equals about 10 inches of snow in the colder months.

4.   YOU CAN HEAR THUNDERSNOW WHEN THE CONDITIONS ARE RIGHT.

If you’ve ever heard the unmistakable rumble of thunder in the middle of a snowstorm, that’s not your ears playing tricks on you.  It’s likely thundersnow, a rare winter weather phenomenon that’s most common near lakes.  When relatively warm columns of air rise from the ground and form turbulent storm clouds in the sky during the winter, there is potential for thundersnow.  A few more factors are still necessary for it to occur – namely air that is warmer than the cloud cover above it, and wind that pushes the warm air upwards.

5.   SNOW FALLS AT 1 TO 6 FEET PER SECOND.

This is at least true in the case of snowflakes with broad structures, which tend to act as parachutes.  Snow that falls in the form of pellet-like graupel travels to Earth at a much faster rate.

6.    IT DOESN’T TAKE LONG FOR THE TEMPERATURE TO DROP.

Rapid City, South Dakota weather records from January 10, 1911, show just how fast temperatures can plummet.  The day started out at a pleasant 55°F.  Then, over the course of 15 minutes, a wicked cold front brought the temperature down to 8°F.  This day still holds the record for the quickest cold snap in history!

7.   THE EARTH IS CLOSEST TO THE SUN DURING THE WINTER.

Every January (the start of the winter season in the northern hemisphere), the Earth reaches the point in its orbit that it is nearest to the Sun.  Despite some common misconceptions, the seasonal drop in temperature has nothing to do with the distance of our planet from the Sun.  It instead has everything to do with which direction the Earth’s axis is tilting, which is why the two hemispheres experience winter at different times of the year.

8.   MORE THAN 22 MILLION TONS OF SALT ARE USED ON U.S. ROADS EACH WINTER.

This comes out to total approximately 137 pounds of salt per person!

9.   THE SNOWIEST CITY ON EARTH IS IN JAPAN.

Aomori City, in northern Japan, receives more snowfall than any major city on the planet.  Each year, citizens are pummeled with 312 inches (or about 26 feet) of snow on average!

10.   SOMETIMES SNOWBALLS FORM THEMSELVES.

Something strange happened in northwest Siberia – mysterious, giant snowballs began washing up on a beach along the Gulf of Ob. It turns out that these ice orbs were formed naturally by the rolling motions of wind and water. With some spheres reaching nearly 3 feet in width, you wouldn’t want to use this frozen ammunition in a snowball fight!

11.   WIND CHILL IS CALCULATED USING A PRECISE FORMULA.

When the weatherman reports a “real feel” temperature of -10 degrees outside, it may sound like he’s coming up with that number on the spot; however, wind chill is actually calculated using a complicated equation devised by meteorologists.  For math enthusiasts who would like to test this theory at home, the formula reads:  Wind Chill = 35.74 + 0.6215T – 35.75(V^0.16) + 0.4275T (V^0.16).

12.   CITIES ARE FORCED TO DISPOSE OF SNOW IN CREATIVE WAYS.

When snow piles up too high for a city to manage, it’s usually hauled away to parking lots, or other wide open spaces, where it can sit until the weather warms up.  During particularly snowy months, cities are sometimes forced to dump snow into the ocean, only to be met with criticism from environmental activists.  Some cities employ snow melting machines that use hot water to melt 30 to 50 tons of snow per hour.  This method is quick, but costly — a single snow melting machine can cost $200,000, and burn 60 gallons of fuel in one single hour of use.

13.   WET SNOW IS BEST FOR SNOWMAN BUILDING, ACCORDING TO SCIENCE.

Physics confirms what you’ve likely known since childhood - snow on the wet or moist side, is best for building your own backyard Frosty the Snowman.  One scientist pegs the perfect snow-to-water ratio at 5:1.

14.   SNOWFLAKES AREN’T ALWAYS UNIQUE.

Snow crystals usually form unique patterns, but there’s at least one instance of identical snowflakes in the record books. In 1988, two snowflakes collected from a Wisconsin storm, were confirmed to be twins at an atmospheric research center in Colorado.

15.   THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET.

Freezing rain and sleet can both have scary effects on driving conditions, but their formations differ in some key ways.  Both types of precipitation occur when rain formed in warm air passes through a layer of cold air near the ground.  Thicker layers of cold air create sleet – a slushy form of water that’s semi-frozen by the time it reaches the Earth.  Thinner layers don’t give rain enough time to freeze until it hits the surface of the ground, which then forms a thin coat of ice wherever it lands.

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When you are dealing with winter storms, flooding and water damage, immediate action is crucial.  You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job.  SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA can immediately respond to storm and flooding conditions.

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Tree Maintenance & Care: Steps to Take Before a Storm

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

Winter damage can become worse over time if you don’t take care of it in a timely way.

Trees Can Pose a Safety Hazard to Your Upper Darby Home If They Are Not Properly Inspected and Maintained

Trees can present a particularly significant danger during a storm. Wind, lightning, snow and ice can all transform a tranquil row of trees into an imminent threat to your property. Proper tree maintenance involves more than pruning and trimming overgrown branches. These are some of the key steps you can take to protect your trees and prevent them from becoming a safety hazard.

Steps to Take Before a Storm

  • Remove any dead trees on your property.
  • Maintain the health of trees through timely watering, proper fertilization and protection from soil compaction. Healthy trees will be able to better adapt to changes in the environment and remain firm in the wind.
  • Regularly prune dead or broken limbs to help trees maintain their structural integrity.
  • Remove or treat pest problems immediately to minimize potential damage to trees.

Six Signs to Monitor

Make safety a priority when performing maintenance on your trees. Contact a professional tree-care service if you are not able to safely prune or remove trees in your yard.

Consult with a professional if the trees in your yard display any of the following characteristics:

  • Cracks in the trunk or major limbs.
  • Signs of hollowing and decay.
  • Mushrooms growing from the bark.
  • Significant leaning to one side.
  • Limbs in contact with power lines.
  • Branches hanging over your house.

Even the healthiest and strongest of trees will break under the weight of ice. Broken tree limbs account for much of the storm damage from icy weather in Delaware County. A tree limb encased in a block of ice can weigh hundreds of pounds and can easily crash through roofs and even crush a car.

Heavy snow and high winds can knock down tree limbs, taking out power lines, damaging siding, and generally making your landscaping look a mess. Getting your trees trimmed can help prevent this type of damage, as well as keep your trees healthy and looking great.

Winter damage can become worse over time if you don’t take care of it in a timely way. Always make sure to inspect your home in both the fall and in the spring to repair any damage that could affect your home’s condition. By taking care of minor issues before winter, you can help prevent larger ones, while taking care of any damage after the cold weather has passed can help your home be ready for anything.

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7 Things to Do Right Now for a Warmer Winter

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA is here to help you prepare for and deal with the winter weather.

Keep Toasty All Winter Long

The crisp snap of autumn weather is a reminder that even colder days lie ahead. Get ready for them by performing a few simple chores now that will keep you toasty all winter long.

Weather Strip

Weather stripping can save you up to 20 percent on your heating bill — especially if you have drafty windows or doors; plus, it's quick, easy and doesn't cost a lot of money.  Place weather stripping along doorjambs, and in the gaps between windows and sashes, to keep the chilly breezes out and the heat in.

Fix Door Drafts

If your doors need extra draft protection, add a door sweep along the bottom.  These flexible, rubber strips seal the gap at the bottom of the door to keep howling winds at bay.  If cold air is still getting in, buy or DIY a door snake (a tube of fabric filled with sand, rice, or other material) to lay on the floor and plug the gap.

Insulate

The attic and basement are two spots where you can lose a lot of heat.  By insulating your basement ceiling and your attic floor, you can prevent warm air from escaping your home.   Also, check around the exterior of your house for any cracks in the foundation, gaps, or cable holes, and seal or fill them with spray foam insulation.

Furnace Checkup     

Your furnace works better if it’s properly maintained.  Some utility providers offer a free annual checkup for your furnace, but if yours doesn't, it may be worth paying a technician to ensure that your furnace is in top condition.  You can also improve your furnace performance with simple maintenance yourself, like replacing filters and cleaning registers.

Swap Your Thermostat

Standard thermostats can lead to wasted energy.  If you opt for a smart thermostat, you could cut down on your energy use — and your utility bills.  Among other features, these smart thermostats can sense when you're away and automatically adjust the temperature to save you money.

Seal Ducts

If you have forced-air heat, leaks in your ducts could be costing you hundreds of dollars.  Seal them with specially designed metal tape and keep your ducts — and your wallet — more secure.

Embrace Fabrics

Cover your floors in throw rugs and runners for the winter months.  You can also hang heavy, insulating drapes in front of your windows to keep warm air in and the cold out, where it belongs.

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SERVPRO of Upper Darby is Faster to Any Size Disaster

Cold weather can have a huge impact on business and homes that aren`t prepared.  Heavy precipitation, freezing temperatures and damaging winds can all have a negative impact on your property.

If your property suffers from a winter storm or water damage during the winter months know that SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA responds quickly to any size disaster in Delaware County and surrounding areas.

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Winter Storm Disasters: Facts for Families in Delaware County, PA

10/30/2017 (Permalink)

Regardless of the Winter Storm, SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA Can Help

What Are Winter Storms and How You Can Prepare Your Family

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 Delaware 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.

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Winter Storm Cleanup and Restoration

Cold weather, snow, and ice storms can cause severe damage to your Delaware 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, PA’s professionals have the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather. 

Regardless of the Winter Storm, We Can Help

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Tips to Help You After a Storm or Flood in Drexel Hill, PA

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. 

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

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.

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DELAWARE COUNTY, PA : EVERYONE LIVES WITH A FLOOD RISK

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

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FACTS ABOUT FLOODS

Floods and flash floods have caused billions of dollars in property damage each year. They are among the most common and widespread of all natural hazards. Even more importantly, they're the number one weather-related killer. A flood can happen anywhere. Every state in the U.S. experienced some type of flooding or flash flood within the past five years.

Here are a few interesting flood facts that might take you by surprise 

  • No region is safe from flooding. All 50 states are subject to flash floods.
  • Flash floods can bring walls of water from 10 to 20 feet high.
  • A car can be taken away in as little as 2 feet of water.
  • To stay safe during a flood, go to the highest ground of floor possible. If your skin comes in contact with flood water, make sure to wash it with soap and disinfected water because the contents are unknown.
  • Flooding is caused by spring thawing (snow and frozen grounds melting in the spring), heavy rains, snow melt runoffs, flash floods, and mudflows.
  • Floods are the most widespread natural disaster aside from wildfires. 90% of all U.S. natural disasters declared by the President involve some sort of flooding.
  • In preparation for a flood, it is important to stock up on first aid items, non-perishable foods, 3 gallons of water per person for 3 days, battery operated radio for weather reports, extra batteries, personal hygiene necessities.
  • Based on Floodsmart, a 2,000 square foot home undergoing 12” of water damage could cost more than $50,000.
  • Since flood damage is almost never covered by homeowners insurance, flood insurance is important for people living in high-risk flood zones.
  • To stay safe during a flood, go to the highest ground of floor possible. If your skin comes in contact with flood water, make sure to wash it with soap and disinfected water because the contents are unknown.
  • Communities particularly at risk are those located in low-lying areas, near water, or downstream from a dam.

Recovering Your Home or Business After Flood Damage

Regardless of the intensity of the floods water in homes or water in business, the results of the flood damage caused can be immense. In case your home is flooded or the business premises by either flooding as a result of rainfall, storms, pipe breaks or supply line break you need a professional water damage restoration company that specializes in bringing your home back to its preloss condition.

If your property has experienced damage from a flood, call the experts at SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA. We work with a variety of property insurers and can help you determine whether your damage is covered. 

Please refer to our Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

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Flood Clean Up Tips For Homeowners In Upper Darby, PA

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Severe thunderstorms can lead to flash flooding in Delaware County, PA Call SERVPRO of Upper Darby if you have storm damage (610) 352-0700

Severe thunderstorms can lead to flash flooding in Delaware County, PA.

Call SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA at (610) 352-0700 if you have storm damage.

Rising water is one of the most frightening problems that a homeowner may face, and the resulting flood clean-up is both costly and time-consuming. It is a scary prospect watching floodwaters creep slowly toward your home. If high water makes an incursion, severe damage and a horrible clutter of muck, debris, and germs may follow. Acting quickly after the water recedes can decrease the damage and perhaps make some possessions and furniture salvageable. Even carpet may be restorable, depending on the extent and the type of the flooding. Unfortunately, many electronics exposed to the water are typically considered a loss. Don’t take water damage lightly. Even if the area only had an inch of water, or is just damp, it can become the ideal situation for mold growth within days. Mold may contaminate walls, carpet, furniture, and flooring. It can lead to breathing issues including asthma, and severe illness. Learn more about Mold and its negative impact on your health.

Below are some useful flood clean-up tips for home and business owners. If any mold is suspected, we recommended using the services of an IICRC-certified mold remediation specialist such as SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA rather than attempting clean-up yourself.

Clean Up Tips for Homeowners:

  • Before going into the house to begin flood clean-up, check for downed power lines, gas leaks, foundation cracks, or other obvious problems.
  • If power lines are down near the home, avoid puddles or standing water. Calling on professional help is the best way to avoid injury or electrocution.  
  • Be on the lookout for wild animals, including snakes. Floodwaters tend to uproot them from their natural areas, and it is possible that they have entered the home or are in the general vicinity.
  • While cleaning up, wear protective gear such as boots and rubber gloves.
  • Waterlogged cleaning products, paint, batteries, and fuel are contaminated and considered hazardous. Learn more about disposal of these items.
  • Discard food items and drinking water if it has come into contact with the flood waters. This includes canned goods and bottled water. Follow the maxim: When in doubt, throw it out!

SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and in your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial properties after a fire damagesmoke damagewater damage and/or mold contamination, as well as provides trauma cleanupvandalism cleanupcarpet cleaning and duct cleaning services for your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge and experience to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA.


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