Recent Storm Damage Posts

Signs of Water Damage due to Storms

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

A bubbling ceiling. SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County & West Chester is here to help!

Due to heavy rainfall caused by the recent Hurricane Ida, many homes and businesses are experiencing flooding! Here are the signs of water damage to look out for:

  • Dark or Wet Spots – If you see any discoloration on the ceiling, interior, or exterior walls of your home, you should get it checked out for water damage.
  • Cracking, Bubbling, or Flaking – Water damage may be present if the drywall or paint on your ceiling or walls begins to crack, bubble, or flake.
  • Pooling Water or Puddles – Leaks or drips can cause pools of water to form. If a puddle just continues to come back in the same spot even after drying it out, you likely have a leak.
  • Sounds of Running Water – Sometimes you can’t see any signs of water damage, but you can hear it. If you hear a dripping sound, rushing or running water, or even a creaking floor, you might want to look further. But they can be normal sounds as well, so really pay attention to changes in sound.
  • Increase in Utility Bills – Have you noticed a sudden spike in your water bill? It could be a sign of hidden leak.
  • Damp, Musty, or Moldy Smell – These smells can be an indicator water damage. You should call a professional right away.

Whether it’s a broken pipe or a hurricane, SERVPRO of Southern Delaware & West Chester is here to help! We can get your home or business back to normal, “Like it never even happened.” Call Danielle at 610-506-8919

How to Make a Blackout Kit for Power Outages!

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

An electrical pole being struck by lightning. Stay safe! And then call SERVPRO if you need any help! 610-506-8919

Weather around this time of year can be unpredictable. Just when you think it is going to get cold, the weather warms up a bit and we get extra rainstorms! Or suddenly, temperatures can drop to freezing overnight and cause a snowstorm! Either way, we are at risk for power outages all year round, so it’s always useful to be ready and have a blackout kit or emergency supply kit for your home.

Start with a large storage container!

Experts say that you need to keep all the essential items in one centralized location so you can easily find everything you need in the event of an emergency. You don’t want to be running around searching multiple drawers and cabinets in the dark! A clear container is especially helpful to easily see what’s inside, and using a container will also keep the contents clean and dry.

Basic food and water!

Make sure to have some canned or packaged food that won’t expire easily, and at least one package of plastic water bottles. The general rule of thumb is one gallon per person per day. Be sure to have the same supply of food and water ready for your pets, if you have any!

First Aid Kit!

Always have a first aid kit for your basic needs – but also add in your own medicine and personal products to suit your specific medical needs.

Flashlights and lanterns!

Keep at least one high quality flashlight in your kit for each member of the family. Store one or two battery powered camping lanterns, as well, to light up a room.

Battery-powered or crank radio!

Without wi-fi or cable, it will be hard to check on the news and get updates about the weather. If you keep a radio like this though, you can stay in touch with any updates.

At least one cooler!

Just in case you do loose refrigeration, you can pick up some ice, or even use snow, to keep your most important perishable items good.

Extra batteries and a portable charger!

Make sure you have replacement batteries for all your flashlights and other devices. You can also make sure to have a portable charger charged and ready to go so that you can recharge your cell phone.

This kit will get you through a power outage, and your safety always comes first! But if your home suffers any damage from the storm that caused the power outage, give SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County & West Chester a call! Danielle is here to help 610-506-8919

Creating an Emergency Car Kit for Winter Storms

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

A car driving through a snowstorm. Sometimes you have to travel in snowstorms! Be ready!

Although usually snowstorms mean hunkering down and getting snowed in, sledding and enjoying time with family – sometimes in emergencies, it is necessary to travel. If you have to move during a storm, or are afraid you might get caught in one during your travels, here are items to include in your own emergency kit:

  • Portable cell phone charger.
  • Extra hats, coats, mittens, and blankets.
  • A windshield scraper.
  • A snow shovel.
  • A battery powered radio with extra batteries.
  • Flashlights, and extra batteries.
  • Water bottles and packaged snacks.
  • First aid kit and all necessary medications
  • A pocket knife.
  • Tow chains, rope, and/or tire chains.
  • Cat litter or sand to help with traction, or road salt to melt ice.
  • Charged battery and jumper cables.
  • Emergency flares.
  • Paper road maps.

These items will help you get to safety! But you can’t take your home with you when evacuating for safety – so call SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County & West Chester if your home suffers any damage from snowstorms this winter! Your safety comes first, and we can help you with the rest later. Call Danielle 610-506-8919!

Tornado Watch

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

Tornado Call Danielle 610-506-8919

It is important to keep you and your loved ones safe during a Tornado Watch. Different ways you can do this are:

Before a Tornado:

Watch out for dark, rotating clouds. If you see one, take shelter immediately.

Listen for a tornado siren, if you hear one seek shelter immediately.

Turn on your TV/Radio to stay updated with the current weather and emergency instructions.

Avoid unnecessary car trips as you do not want to be caught outside if a tornado comes.

Bring outdoor furniture and other items that can blow away inside as they may become a safety hazard.

During a Tornado:

Take shelter immediately as flying debris and high winds can cause injuries.

Keep your windows closed and stay away from them. If a window breaks the glass can injure you.

If you are in a building, go to the basement or lowest floor. This is the safest location for you and your loved ones.

If you are in a mobile home, go to the nearest building or storm shelter as these will protect you more than you home.

If your car is hit by debris, stop, cover your head, and stay below the windows. You will be safer inside your car than outside of it.

If you are outside, lie down in a flat area and make sure to cover your head with your hands. You will be safer lying down than standing up.

After a Tornado:

Avoid entering damaged buildings as broken glass and exposed nails can injure you.

Keep away from downed power lines and objects touching them as they can electrocute you.

Wear sturdy shoes, long sleeves, and gloves when walking through debris. Stepping on nails and glass can severely injure you.

If you experience any Storm Damage from this tornado, SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County & West Chester is here to repair your home or business to return it back to normal. 

Call Danielle 610-506-8919

Protect Your Home from Summer Storms

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

Ways to Protect your Home from Storm Damage

 Storms can happen anytime, and it is important to be prepared for when they do hit. Summer storms can bring violent weather that can cause major property damage such as winds, heavy rains, lightning, thunder, and hail. Taking precautionary measures can help you prepare and protect your home can help prevent extensive storm damage.

Secure Loose Items in your Yard

Outdoor furniture, grills, gardening equipment, lawn decorations, children’s toys can all blow away or be damaged during a storm. These items can also become dangerous with high winds and fly into your home, car, garage, or neighbors’ home. Bringing these items inside or in a shed can help prevent damage to both your home and these items.

Inspect the Roof and Gutters of Your home

Inspecting your roof for damaged shingles or gutters is important to making sure storms don’t prevent massive damage to your house. Damaged roofing and gutters can cause rainwater to leak into your house. It is important to inspect and repair these so that wind and storms do not damage your home further.

Inspect your Windows

Windows are a vulnerable part of your home during a storm as they can possibly leak or shatter. Making sure windows are properly sealed can keep out wind and rain during a storm. New windows are a great option as they are made of strong glass and are less likely to leak.

Protect your Home from Flooding

Flooding is an extremely common effect of a storm. It can lead to extreme water damage or mold. Checking your basement for leaks or cracks is an effective way to prevent flooding. Another important way to prevent flooding is to make sure your gutters drain away from your home.

Have a Backup Power Source

Storms commonly take out power which can be dangerous and inconvenient. Power is important to keep items in the refrigerator fresh and to make sure your cell phone and other devices are charged. Sump pumps may also stop working which may lead to basement flooding. Having a backup power source can keep you and your family safe from these occurrences.

Trim Large or Dead Tree Branches

Strong wind can cause branches to fly off of trees and into your home. Tree branches can also hit cars and power lines which can be potentially dangerous. Inspecting the trees around your property and making sure they are well trimmed can prevent extensive damage during storms.

Call SERVPRO for any Storm Damage!

SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County & West Chester is here to help with any emergency storm damage to your property. We are available 24/7/365 to help protect you and your property from all damages. Call Danielle 610-506-8919

Hurricane Season is Here

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

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Hurricane Season is Here

Hurricane season is here, and hurricanes have been known to cause damage all along the East Coast. Even if you are not in the direct path of a hurricane, the high winds and storm surges can cause property damage and flooding. SERVPRO® of Southern Delaware County & West Chester wants home and business owners to know that we have years of storm damage restoration experience and we are Here to Help. ® Here are some of hurricane safety tips offered by the Office of Emergency Management, City of Philadelphia:

  • Know your area’s flood risk and think about getting flood insurance
  • If you live in an area that floods, keep sandbags, plastic sheeting and lumber on hand to protect your home
  • Elevate your furnace, water heater and electrical panel and remove other items from the floor
  • Know the safest evacuation route from your home and have a family emergency and evacuation plan
  • Prepare a Go Bag with emergency supplies that you can grab and take with you in a hurry

Call Us Today

We hope you never experience storm damage to your home or commercial property but if you do SERVPRO® of Southern Delaware County & West Chester is ready to respond 24 hours a day every day. Call us today at 610-506-8919. We’ll clean and restore your storm damage in “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Southern Delaware County & West Chester is Independently Owned and Operated.

Call Danielle 610-506-8919

Flash Floods

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

Flash Flood Watch

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, (NOAA), issued a flash flood watch for the area, due to a strong storm front that developed over the weekend. Flash floods can occur when a severe storm brings heavy rainfall to an area over a short period of time. Areas with poor drainage, creeks, and other watercourses can leave their banks and cause flooding to nearby properties. SERVPRO® of Southern Delaware County & West Chester wants home and business owners to know that we have years of experience dealing with water damage emergencies, and  we can be onsite within four hours to begin the cleanup and restoration process.

Flood Safety Tips

Here are some safety tips from the American Red Cross to keep you safe until help arrives:

  • Turn off the power and water mains if instructed to do so by local authorities
  • Boil tap water until water sources have been declared safe
  • Avoid contact with floodwater. Listen to local area radio, or TV stations for the latest information
  • Don’t use gas or electrical appliances that have been flooded
  • Dispose of any food that comes into contact with flood water

Call Us

Storm damage can become costly if not taken care of quickly. SERVPRO® of Southern Delaware County & West Chester has a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond 24 hours a day, every day, to assist business owners and residents. We can also help with the insurance paperwork and process. Call us today at 610-506-8919.

SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County & West Chester is Independently Owned and Operated.

Storms & Pets

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

Severe storms can hit any place, even West Chester. If high winds, ice and snow, or heavy rains make evacuation necessary, SERVPRO® of West Chester knows that most of us will not leave without our pets.  We can repair water damage and storm damage "Like it never even happened,"® but people and pets are irreplaceable.

Preparation for West Chester Pets:

  • Maintain current information on all tags
  • Secure tags to collars
  • Consider microchips for animals that cannot wear collars or that may lose them
  • In case you get separated, have photos of yourself with each pet
  • Identify shelters and motels that accept pets
  • Have a secure leash/harness and carrier for each of your pets
  • Keep copies of each Rx for the pet(s)

Emergency Kits for Pets:

  • Rabies tags, copies of vaccination records
  • Medical records for pets that require extra care
  • At least a 3-day supply of water and food for each pet
  • Animal first-aid kit
  • Favorite toys and blankets
  • Treats
  • Medicines
  • Extra litter and litter box
  • Bags for waste

If storm damage does hit your home, remember that We are Here to Help.® 

SERVPRO of West Chester is independently owned and operated.

Call Danielle at 610-506-8919

Tips to Prepare Your Home for a Storm

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Call Danielle 610-506-8919

Homeowners can take preventative measures to help reduce damage if or when a severe storm hits. Here are a few tips to help you prepare your home for a storm.

  1. Clear limbs and trim trees - during a storm, dead tree limbs can get loose and cause damage to a home’s exterior or break a window
  2. Secure fences - ensure that fences are properly secured to help prevent them from being lifted up and thrown against the house by heavy winds
  3. Secure furniture - heavy winds can cause items like patio furniture and large toys to damage the exterior of your home.  You should also move anything in your yard that can become flying debris inside your house or garage
  4. Protect your valuables - protect mementos in waterproof containers and/or take them with you if you should evacuate.  Make sure important documents, such as insurance policies, certificates, etc., are stored in a safe deposit or fire safe box.

If you experience storm damage, call Danielle at 610-506-8919. SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County is here to help!

Tips to Prepare Your Home for a Storm

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Call Danielle 610-506-8919

Homeowners can take preventative measures to help reduce damage if or when a severe storm hits. Here are a few tips to help you prepare your home for a storm.

  1. Clear limbs and trim trees - during a storm, dead tree limbs can get loose and cause damage to a home’s exterior or break a window
  2. Secure fences - ensure that fences are properly secured to help prevent them from being lifted up and thrown against the house by heavy winds
  3. Secure furniture - heavy winds can cause items like patio furniture and large toys to damage the exterior of your home.  You should also move anything in your yard that can become flying debris inside your house or garage
  4. Protect your valuables - protect mementos in waterproof containers and/or take them with you if you should evacuate.  Make sure important documents, such as insurance policies, certificates, etc., are stored in a safe deposit or fire safe box.

If you experience storm damage, call Danielle at 610-506-8919. SERVPRO of West Chester is here to help!

Hurricane Safety

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane season starts June 1 and lasts until November 30.  A hurricane WATCH means that there's a POSSIBILITY that hurricane conditions could occur within 36 hours.  A hurricane WARNING means that sustained winds of at least 74 MPH are expected within 24 hours.

Before a hurricane

  • Have a disaster plan
  • Board up windows
  • Bring in objects from outside that could blow away
  • Know where all the evacuation routes are
  • Prepare disaster supplies kits for your home and car

During a hurricane

  • Stay away from low-lying and flood prone areas
  • Always stay indoors.  Leave mobile homes and to a shelter

After a hurricane

  • Stay indoors until it is safe to come out
  • Do not attempt to drive in flooding water
  • Stay away from standing water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines

If you experience hurricane damage, call Danielle at 610-506-8919

SERVPRO of West Chester is Here to Help with Storm Damage

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Call Danielle at 610-506-8919

Many homeowners expect only the worst storms to do damage to their home. Even short storms can cause damage to a home when trees are victims of disease. Many diseases can create weak trees with dead limbs, and some diseases can affect the roots of the tree instead. A tree that looks healthy may not be in reality, and it can actually be a huge danger to your home or garage without you knowing until it is too late. If your home or garage, or any other outbuildings, have been damaged by tree limbs or trunks, it is good to know that we have the skills and equipment to restore your property to its preloss condition.

When damage happens during a storm or when storm-like conditions happen, repairs should be started and completed as soon as possible. This can substantially reduce the risks posed by the elements to the interior of your home. Repairs will also keep insects and other pests from getting a foothold in further deteriorating your home's exterior. Termites and other pests, some of which may have been the reason behind any diseased trees on your property, won't be able to infiltrate your home's exterior if repairs are made, and completed, in a timely manner.

Tips to Prepare Your Home for a Storm

Homeowners can take preventative measures to help reduce damage if or when a severe storm hits. Here are a few tips to help you prepare your home for a storm.

  • Clear limbs and trim trees - during a storm, dead tree limbs can get loose and cause damage to a home’s exterior or break a window
  • Secure fences - ensure that fences are properly secured to help prevent them from being lifted up and thrown against the house by heavy winds
  • Secure furniture - heavy winds can cause items like patio furniture and large toys to damage the exterior of your home.  You should also move anything in your yard that can become flying debris inside your house or garage
  • Protect your valuables - protect mementos in waterproof containers and/or take them with you if you should evacuate.  Make sure important documents, such as insurance policies, certificates, etc., are stored in a safe deposit or fire safe box.

If you experience storm damage, call Danielle at 610-506-8919

What is a Hurricane?

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

A hurricane is a huge storm!  It can be up to 600 miles across and have strong winds spiraling at speeds of 75-200 MPH.  A hurricane usually lasts for over a week, moving 10-20 MPH over the ocean.  Hurricanes gather heat and energy through contact with warm ocean waters, and rotate counter-clockwise around an "eye" in the Northern hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern hemisphere.  The "eye" is the center of the storm and is the calmest part.  When a hurricane comes onto land, the heavy rain, strong winds, and large waves can damage buildings, trees, and cars.

Hurricanes only form over really warm ocean water of 80 degrees F or warmer.  The atmosphere must cool off very quickly the higher you go.  Also, the wind must be blowing in the same direction and at the same speed to force air upward from the ocean surface.  Winds flow outward above the storm allowing the air below to rise.

Hurricanes are separated into categories based on their intensity and wind speeds:

Category 1 - very dangerous winds will produce some damage - 74-95 MPH

Category 2 - extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage - 96-110 MPH

Category 3 - devastating damage will occur - 111-129 MPH

Category 4 - catastrophic damage will occur - 130-156 MPH

Category 5 - catastrophic damage will occur - winds greater than 157 MPH

Call SERVPRO of West Chester if you experience hurricane damage at 610-506-8919.

Who Names Hurricanes?

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

From 1950-1952, hurricanes of the North Atlantic Ocean were identified by the phonetic (A,B,C, etc.) alphabet.  In 1953, the US Weather Bureau switched to women's names.  The naming rights now go by the World Meteorological Organization, which uses different sets of names depending on the part of the world the storm is in.  Around the United States, only women's names were used until 1979.  It was then decided that they should alternate a list that included men's names as well.  There are 6 different name lists that alternate each year.  If a hurricane causes significant damage, its name will be retired and replaced with another. 

Here are the names that were used to identify hurricanes for 2019:

Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Imelda, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sabastien, Tanya, Van, Wendy

Has a hurricane ever been named after you?

If you experience hurricane damage, call Danielle at 610-506-8919

Steps to Take After a Storm

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Stay Safe

How to Stay Safe

  • Check the local news to make sure your area is safe from the storm.
  • Watch out for glass or broken nails
  • Avoid standing water
  • Look out for hazards such as damaged roofs, broken windows, standing water, or damaged walls.

Assess the Damage to your Home

Take pictures of the storm damage to send to your insurance company!

Roof Damage Signs

  • Holes in the roof
  • Damaged shingles
  • Damaged gutters
  • Ceiling leaks
  • Dents on vents or gutters

Inspect your windows and doors for cracks and holes. Check the siding of your house, paint, and bricks for damages. Be sure to inspect air conditioning units as well.

Contact Your Insurance Provider

When contacting your insurance company, they will provide you with the next steps needed to make a claim. Your agent can answer any questions you may have about your claim. This will help you become compensated for the damages!

Contact SERVPRO of West Chester!

SERVPRO of West Chester is here to help when your home or business is affected by storm damage. We are leading professionals in the restoration business and offer the best of care. Call us if you experience any storm, water, fire, or mold damage! 610-506-8919

Steps to Take Immediately After a Storm

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Call SERVPRO of West Chester if you experience any storm damage!

Steps to Take Immediately After a Storm

Take Safety Precautions

Heavy winds and rains may have caused damage that could potentially be dangerous. Collapsed roofs, window damage, collapsed walls, and standing water in your home or business may be present after a storm. Water can also soak into carpets, furniture, or building materials which can cause mold. If you smell gas, shut off your main gas line. Beware of exposed nails, broken class, or sharp objects on your property. Be sure to contact SERVPRO of West Chester to help assess and restore the damages from the storm! 

Photograph the Damage 

If your property is safe to be on, use a cellphone or camera to document damages so that you can show your insurance company. This can help ensure that you will be compensated.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Contact your insurance agent immediately to notify them of the storm damages. The company will send out an adjustor to determine the extent of the damage so that you may be compensated.

Look Into Federal Disaster Assistance

The Federal Government may have declared your area that was affected by the storm as a disaster area. This means you may be eligible for low cost loans to help restore your property. This requires proper documentation to be filed.

Call SERVPRO of West Chester if your home or business has been affected by a storm. We are here to help restore any fire, mold, or water damages to get your life back to normal!

Storm Damage

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Call SERVPRO of West Chester 24/7/365!

SERVPRO of West Chester provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Residential Services

If your home needs emergency flood damage or your home packed and moved, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Call SERVPRO of West Chester for any storm, fire, water, or mold emergency! 610-506-8919

Contact SERVPRO of West Chester to Perform Flood Water Removal in Your Property.

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Call SERVPRO of West Chester for any Storm Damage!

Contact SERVPRO of West Chester to Perform Flood Water Removal in Your Property.

After a storm, floodwater can seep into various areas of your property and can cause severe damage. If not taken care of on time, the water can weaken your structure, cause mold growth, and wood rot. Fortunately, SERVPRO technicians can reduce the chances of these secondary damages from occurring if contacted on time.

What certification does SERVPRO have for restoration?

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) offers standards for cleaning and restoring damaged properties. Our technicians only highly trained, certified, and experienced technicians who can perform flood water removal in your property. We can complete the job according to the standards the IICRC has set.

What should I do after flooding occurs in my property?

It is essential to contact your insurance company to inform it about the damage and begin the claim process. Also, contact professional restorers without wasting time to avoid irreparable damage to your drywall, wood, and other porous materials. Also, avoid:

  • Entering your property if it has suffered structural damage
  • Walking through flood water without turning off the electricity first.
  • Getting into contact with the contaminated water.

Can I turn off the noisy fans at night?

We do not recommend turning off the equipment since the more hours it runs, the faster the drying process occurs. Our SERVPRO team can place the drying equipment at strategic points to encourage optimal drying. Switching off the drying equipment can increase the drying time or provide an opportunity for secondary destruction like a mold infestation to occur.

How long can the odor linger?

Odors in your property can last for months or longer if not handled professionally. Floodwater can bring dead animals and different kinds of debris into your property, which can cause odors when rotting. However, with our approved deodorizing products, we can restore fresh air into your home. We can use water-based cinnamon to combat some odors. The product can replace foul odors with a pleasant scent.

It is vital to take immediate action when you experience flood damage in your property. Contact SERVPRO of West Chester for efficient flood water removal. "Like it never even happened." 610-506-8919

Storm Damage to Your Roof in Chester?

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

A closeup of a roof shows roof shingles damaged by a storm. Let us repair your storm damage in West Chester!

How to Spot Roof Damage

In West Chester, storm damage can occur from high winds, tornadoes, hurricanes, hailstorms, snow storms and other severe weather events and when it does, SERVPRO® of West Chester will be there to help you restore your property back to pre-damage condition. Here are some tips from AngiesList.com on how to spot roof damage:

• Inspect your attic for leaks "https://www.SERVPROwestchesterpa.com/water-damage-restoration" and look for water damage stains on your ceiling or walls

• Check for missing shingles or missing pieces of metal fascia, including any metal pieces displaced from around the chimney

• Check the condition of exhaust pipes, valleys, outer edges or angles where the roof meets the walls

• Check for hail damage on the roof as well as siding damage

• Hail damage commonly comes in the forms of dimples, made by smaller chunks of hail that pound the outer layer of shingles

Call Us

We have years of experience and a team of highly trained technicians ready to help you with any storm damage emergency. SERVPRO® of West Chester is on call 24 hours a day and can usually be there within four hours to immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process.  We will also contact your insurance company and can help you with the paperwork and process. Call us today at 610-692-8884. We’ll restore your storm damage in West Chester “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of West Chester is Independently Owned and Operated.

Hurricane Damage in East Bradford?

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

A large tree branch has fallen onto the side of a house. We are on call 24 hours a day every day to respond to storm damage emergencies in Chester.

Hurricane Season is Here

Hurricane season is here, and hurricanes have been known to cause damage all along the East Coast. Even if you are not in the direct path of a hurricane, the high winds and storm surges can cause property damage and flooding. SERVPRO® of West Chester wants home and business owners in East Bradford to know that we have years of storm damage restoration experience and we are Here to Help. ® Here are some of hurricane safety tips offered by the Office of Emergency Management, City of Philadelphia:

  • Know your area’s flood risk and think about getting flood insurance
  • If you live in an area that floods, keep sandbags, plastic sheeting and lumber on hand to protect your home
  • Elevate your furnace, water heater and electrical panel and remove other items from the floor
  • Know the safest evacuation route from your home and have a family emergency and evacuation plan
  • Prepare a Go Bag with emergency supplies that you can grab and take with you in a hurry

Call Us Today

We hope you never experience storm damage to your home or commercial property but if you do SERVPRO® of West Chester is ready to respond 24 hours a day every day. Call us today at 610-692-8884. We’ll clean and restore your storm damage in East Bradford “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of West Chester is Independently Owned and Operated.

Flash flooding in West Chester County?

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

Road barriers and a sign reading “Water Over Road” are posted in front of a flooded street. Flooding doesn’t need to dampen your spirits in Hershey Mill.

Flash Flood Watch

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, (NOAA), issued a flash flood watch for the West Chester area, due to a strong storm front that developed over the weekend. Flash floods can occur when a severe storm brings heavy rainfall to an area over a short period of time. Areas with poor drainage, creeks, and other watercourses can leave their banks and cause flooding to nearby properties. SERVPRO® of West Chester wants home and business owners in Hershey Mill to know that we have years of experience dealing with water damage emergencies, and  we can be onsite within four hours to begin the cleanup and restoration process.

Flood Safety Tips

Here are some safety tips from the American Red Cross to keep you safe until help arrives:

  • Turn off the power and water mains if instructed to do so by local authorities
  • Boil tap water until water sources have been declared safe
  • Avoid contact with floodwater. Listen to local area radio, or TV stations for the latest information
  • Don’t use gas or electrical appliances that have been flooded
  • Dispose of any food that comes into contact with flood water

Call Us

Storm damage can become costly if not taken care of quickly. SERVPRO® of West Chester has a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond 24 hours a day, every day, to assist Hershey Mill business owners and residents. We can also help with the insurance paperwork and process. Call us today at 610-692-8884.

SERVPRO of West Chester is Independently Owned and Operated.

Tips to Prepare Your Home for a Storm

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Homeowners can take preventative measures to help reduce damage if or when a severe storm hits. Here are a few tips to help you prepare your home for a storm.

*Clear limbs and trim trees - during a storm, dead tree limbs can get loose and cause damage to a home’s exterior or break a window

*Secure fences - ensure that fences are properly secured to help prevent them from being lifted up and thrown against the house by heavy winds

*Secure furniture - heavy winds can cause items like patio furniture and large toys to damage the exterior of your home.  You should also move anything in your yard that can become flying debris inside your house or garage

*Protect your valuables - protect mementos in waterproof containers and/or take them with you if you should evacuate.  Make sure important documents, such as insurance policies, certificates, etc., are stored in a safe deposit or fire safe box.

Whatever Kind of Storm - SERVPRO Can Fix the Damage

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

Many homeowners expect only the worst storms to do damage to their home. Even short storms can cause damage to a home when trees are victims of disease. Many diseases can create weak trees with dead limbs, and some diseases can affect the roots of the tree instead. A tree that looks healthy may not be in reality, and it can actually be a huge danger to your home or garage without you knowing until it is too late. If your home or garage, or any other outbuildings, have been damaged by tree limbs or trunks, it is good to know that we have the skills and equipment to restore your property to its preloss condition.

When damage happens during a storm or when storm-like conditions happen, repairs should be started and completed as soon as possible. This can substantially reduce the risks posed by the elements to the interior of your home. Repairs will also keep insects and other pests from getting a foothold in further deteriorating your home's exterior. Termites and other pests, some of which may have been the reason behind any diseased trees on your property, won't be able to infiltrate your home's exterior if repairs are made, and completed, in a timely manner.

Tips to Prepare Your Home for a Storm

Homeowners can take preventative measures to help reduce damage if or when a severe storm hits. Here are a few tips to help you prepare your home for a storm.

*Clear limbs and trim trees - during a storm, dead tree limbs can get loose and cause damage to a home’s exterior or break a window

*Secure fences - ensure that fences are properly secured to help prevent them from being lifted up and thrown against the house by heavy winds

*Secure furniture - heavy winds can cause items like patio furniture and large toys to damage the exterior of your home.  You should also move anything in your yard that can become flying debris inside your house or garage

*Protect your valuables - protect mementos in waterproof containers and/or take them with you if you should evacuate.  Make sure important documents, such as insurance policies, certificates, etc., are stored in a safe deposit or fire safe box.

Hurricane Safety

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricane season starts June 1 and lasts until November 30.  A hurricane WATCH means that there's a POSSIBILITY that hurricane conditions could occur within 36 hours.  A hurricane WARNING means that sustained winds of at least 74 MPH are expected within 24 hours.

Before a hurricane

*have a disaster plan

*board up windows

*bring in objects from outside that could blow away

*know where all the evacuation routes are

*prepare disaster supplies kits for your home and car

During a hurricane

*stay away from low-lying and flood prone areas

*always stay indoors.  Leave mobile homes and to a shelter

After a hurricane

*stay indoors until it is safe to come out

*do not attempt to drive in flooding water

*stay away from standing water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines

Who Names Hurricanes?

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

From 1950-1952, hurricanes of the North Atlantic Ocean were identified by the phonetic (A,B,C, etc.) alphabet.  In 1953, the US Weather Bureau switched to women's names.  The naming rights now go by the World Meteorological Organization, which uses different sets of names depending on the part of the world the storm is in.  Around the United States, only women's names were used until 1979.  It was then decided that they should alternate a list that included men's names as well.  There are 6 different name lists that alternate each year.  If a hurricane causes significant damage, its name will be retired and replaced with another. 

Here are the names that will be used to identify hurricanes for 2019:

Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Imelda, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sabastien, Tanya, Van, Wendy

Has a hurricane ever been named after you?

What is a Hurricane?

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

A hurricane is a huge storm!  It can be up to 600 miles across and have strong winds spiraling at speeds of 75-200 MPH.  A hurricane usually lasts for over a week, moving 10-20 MPH over the ocean.  Hurricanes gather heat and energy through contact with warm ocean waters, and rotate counter-clockwise around an "eye" in the Northern hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern hemisphere.  The "eye" is the center of the storm and is the calmest part.  When a hurricane comes onto land, the heavy rain, strong winds, and large waves can damage buildings, trees, and cars.

Hurricanes only form over really warm ocean water of 80 degrees F or warmer.  The atmosphere must cool off very quickly the higher you go.  Also, the wind must be blowing in the same direction and at the same speed to force air upward from the ocean surface.  Winds flow outward above the storm allowing the air below to rise.

Hurricanes are separated into categories based on their intensity and wind speeds:

Category 1 - very dangerous winds will produce some damage - 74-95 MPH

Category 2 - extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage - 96-110 MPH

Category 3 - devastating damage will occur - 111-129 MPH

Category 4 - catastrophic damage will occur - 130-156 MPH

Category 5 - catastrophic damage will occur - winds greater than 157 MPH

Carpet Cleaning After Storm Damage in West Chester

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

When a storm moves around your area, it can move quickly, causing extensive damage to your home. SERVPRO of West Chester will send someone who will be professionally trained to handle the storm damage, and water damage the storm has caused you. They will check your carpets to see how much destruction has happened, and if your carpet can be saved. If the carpets can be saved, you will be able to avoid the cost of replacement.
All furniture will be moved off the carpeted area of your home and a high quality wet vacuum will be used to remove as much water as possible. At this time you can see if any other valuables are destroyed in the process of the storm damage, and file a claim on those items with your insurance company. Once all the water has been removed, your carpet will be cleaned to help prevent moisture bacteria build up. The carpet will be dried with fans or fresh air. If your carpets cannot be salvaged from water damage, then we will remove the damaged carpets and clean all surfaces before new carpeting is installed. The old carpeting and pad will be disposed of properly. Letting water from storm damage sit is dangerous, and can cause more issues as far as mold. Cleaning up as quickly as possible will prevent any further damage from occurring.

Odors from Floods May Require SERVPRO's Expertise and Equipment for Removing

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Physical damage from a storm is simple to spot. The clean-up processes are labor intensive and require heavy equipment for parts of them. Trying to remove other damage such as the odors left behind from flood waters are often just as difficult.

When it comes to flooding from severe storms, time compounds the problem. If a house or apartment has suffered structural damage, then it may be several days before the owners or an SERVPRO restoration team can even enter.
Once we do enter and ensure a safe work environment, team members track down the source as best as possible. Since there are multiple, potential sources throughout the structure, the likelihood is that there are many odors as well. To combat them all, we use the multiple methods approach, which pairs different types of deodorants depending what is needed.
Masking agents are time release beads which cover unpleasant odors with a pleasant smell while other agents absorb or otherwise neutralize them.

Absorption and filtration agents use activated charcoal to absorb the sources of the odor; specifically, the humidity, moisture, and oils.

How to Stay Safe When a Winter Storm Threatens

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Even though it's still officially summer, we all know that winter will be here before we know it!  Below are some tips to keep in mind for the upcoming cold weather.

*Know your area's risk for winter storms

*Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking, and weather stripping

*Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power

*Stay indoors and off the roads

*Never use a generator, camp stove, or charcoal grill indoors as these can start fires, cause electric shock, and/or cause carbon monoxide poisoning

*Monitor local news and alerts for emergency information and instructions