Emergency Supply Kit
In the event that a storm has occurred and your home has lost power, it is important to have a basic emergency supply kit that can be made quickly. It is vital to be prepared and have your own food, water, and additional supplies in enough quantity to last for at least 72 hours.
- A three day supply of non-perishable food items.
- A gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation purposes (overall amount depends on how many people are in the home).
- A flashlight or two with extra batteries.
- Backup battery packs for electronics or cellphones.
- Extra blankets and clothing to fit the weather’s needs.
- A first aid kit.
- Fun games and activities to keep your time occupied until the power is back on.
The History Behind SERVPRO
In the beginning of 1967, SERVPRO was started as a painting and contracting type business where they first established the recognizable green and orange logos. Around 1969 SERVPRO then launched into franchising as a cleaning business. Years later in 1980, SERVPRO received its first ranking in the Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500, coming in at #103. With keeping their business in mind in 1988, SERVPRO relocated its corporate headquarters from Sacramento, California to Gallatin, Tennessee to place itself within 600 miles of 50 percent of the United States population. At the time of the relocation, SERVPRO consisted of 647 franchises. By the year 2003, SERVPRO began its streak with being ranked #1 in the Restoration Services category and years later in 2017 SERVPRO celebrated its 50th anniversary as a company. At this point in time, SERVPRO has over 1500 franchises in the United States and Canada that provide exponential service. Here at SERVPRO of The Main Line we specialize in cleanup and restoration services to make your fire, smoke, water, or mold damage “Like it never even happened.”
How to Prepare your Home for Storms
Getting your home prepared before a heavy rain storm or for the potential hurricane/ tropical storm is important for all homeowners to do. In the case of a storm, heavy rains can cause flooding and heavy winds can cause branches to break off trees or for objects outside a home such as furniture or flower pots to move around and cause damage to the property.
Prepare your home:
- Check your roof regularly to make sure that there are no loose shingles or leaks to ensure that it is in good condition.
- It is important to keep your homes gutters, downspouts, and drains free and clear of leaves and debris.
- Be sure to remove branches that are close to the home.
- Loose items around the home such as furniture, plant pots, or decorations need to be secured safely or brought inside.
Why SERVPRO of The Main Line
Here, at SERVPRO of the Main Line, we pride ourselves on our work ethic everyday on the job. As a company we make sure that every technician is well equipped with customer service and professionalism when they are dealing with a job. In addition to excellent service, our technicians are certified in water mitigation, mold remediation, fire restoration, and even pack outs and carpet cleaning. As a franchise we are independently owned, but are backed by the 1700 other franchise all over The United States if we are ever in need of more helping hands. SERVPRO of The Main Line is also able to provide help in the event of a storm cleanup such as flooding, a hurricane, or a cleanup after a tornado. Our goal is to have happy customers who are happy with the services that we have provided!
Most businesses don’t have the time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils their offices. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular cleaning staff that’s when you call SERVPRO of the Main Line. SERVPRO is available whether it is to remove an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can CALL US AT (610)-640-9533.
SERVPRO of The Main line offers cleaning services ranging from cleaning carpets to removing bio hazard contaminants. We have specialized technicians that are trained to use the proper products and techniques to get your property or business back up and running. We specialize in the following:
Have Questions? Call Us today at (610) 640-9533
Why Are SERVPRO Trucks Green?
SERVPRO of the Main Line is a recognizable company for several reasons, their great services, their adaptability to situations, and most importantly their green work trucks. At the beginning of SERVPRO the colors green and orange were chosen to be the colors that best fit SERVPRO as a business. In the 1970's, the owners of SERVPRO wanted to find the most eye-catching and recognizable color green for their equipment and vehicles. A sample paint chart was used to identify the perfect green color and was shown to as many people as would give an answer to which green they prefer. The owners asked the participants “what color on the chart would be impossible to not recognize?” In reference to the color used on a Porsche 911 automobile, the 1970 rally green was the winning color.
Flooded Basement in a Commercial property
A water main broke in a vacant commercial property causing an unbelievable amount of water to enter the basement of the property. That’s when SERVPRO of The Main Line was called to save the day. At SERVPRO We specialize in 24 hour emergency service for water and fire damage. In the basement of this property, we pumped out over 10,000 gallons of water! And that was only the first step in the restoration process. The flooring and drywall were then removed; the contents in the area were moved out, documents hung to be dry, and equipment was set up. Specialized air movers/fans and dehumidifiers were used to draw the remaining moisture out of the basement. From start to finish the job took 3 days and 1 very long night.
Kitchen Fires Can Involve More than Just Smoke Cleanup
Having a fire extinguisher is a must for kitchen safety. A small stove fire can usually be put out with a few quick bursts under the correct situation. A quick response can minimize the smoke damage and limit the damage to the immediate area around the stove. However, the fire extinguisher powder doesn’t limit itself to just the immediate area around the stove. The powder travels, and can get everywhere!
In this case the smoke damage was limited to the kitchen but the powder traveled throughout the apartment. The powder was found embedded in the carpets, on the window treatments, on all horizontal surfaces, and even within the HVAC system. The powder clean-up involves using HEPA vacuums in conjunction with air scrubbers to capture all the powder and not just spread it around. This type of cleaning is done in a methodically way starting from the ceiling and working our way to the floor, even though we usually pre-clean the floor first. After all powder is removed from the home, then the smoke cleaning and restoration process can begin.
If you need emergency clean-up or have any questions on fire damage restoration, call SERVPRO of the Main Line 24/7 at 610-640-9533.
Winter Weather Terms
Winter Weather Advisory: You can expect winter weather conditions. These conditions can cause everything to slow down and can be a real inconvenience. These can also produce life-threatening hazards.
Frost/Freeze Warning: You can expect below-freezing temperatures. Be prepared to allow extra time when traveling. Prepare your home and water pipes with insulation. Protect outdoor plants by covering them or moving them indoors. Make sure any pets have adequate shelter or the ability to come inside.
Winter Storm Watch: You should be alert and prepared; a winter storm is likely in your area.
Winter Storm Warning: You need to take immediate action, a winter storm is in your area or will be entering your area soon.
Blizzard Warning: Seek warm shelter immediately! Heavy snow and strong winds are forecast. Near-zero visibility, heavy snow, deep snowdrifts, and life-threatening wind chill are very likely.
For any winter storm damage that may occur, remember SERVPRO of The Main Line at (610) 640-9533
What to do When the Power Goes Out
There are several reason that a home’s power could go out, a crazy rain or snow storm came through and took down wires or a transformer and in that event here are some tips to follow:
- Investigate why the power has gone out. Is it a fuse or the breaker? If it is not that, it could be a power outage in the neighborhood in which case call the power company to report the outage. If you are unable to get through right away be patient other might be calling to report the same issue.
- Unplug all appliances in the event that the power comes back on and the power creates a surge that could short your appliances and electronics that are plugged in.
- Be sure to keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed. A refrigerator can stay cool for four hours without power and a freezer will last up to 24 hours before the food is fully thawed.
- If your power has been out for a period of time and it is cool outside, keep doors to rooms closed and find a centralized location for everyone in the home to stay to keep the warmth.