Hurricane and Storm Preparation in Chester County
Hurricane season runs until November 30th. During this season, SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford would like to remind everyone in Chester County and beyond to stay prepared for future storms and inspect your home for any potential issues that can lead to storm damage. By completing often simple inspections of your property, a much larger storm issue can often be avoided. For instance, a well functioning sump pump can alleviate your fears of a flooded basement. Repairing broken shingles or other structural elements of your roof can help to prevent an unforeseen water leak.
Please remember to thoroughly inspect your home or business as well as follow proper safety procedures during the event of another hurricane or storm incident.
- During heavy flooding, do not attempt to drive through a flooded road.
- Stay stocked up on supplies such as a first aid kit, batteries and everyday essentials in the case of a power outage.
- Stay tuned to local news outlets for updates on the status of a storm.
Our Chester County community suffered many devastating losses due to Hurricane Ida. We hope small but significant preparations such as these will help to reduce the amount of storm damage you experience.
For further preparations for storm damage, SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford is also happy to offer our Emergency READY Profile Program to help your business in the event of an emergency. This is a free assessment of your building where we compile pertinent information about your building such as water shutoff locations and electrical systems. The info is then placed in a digital file for you to access at a moment's notice. For more info on our ERP or storm damage services, give us a call!
Hurricane Ida's Storm Damage in Chester County
After Hurricane Ida hit our Pennsylvania area a few weeks ago, the storm damage left behind was overwhelming to say the least. SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford alone received over 150 calls to assist with hurricane and tornado damages in Chester County for issues including flooding, sewage and structural damage. Our storm team rose to the challenge and immediately aided in assisting each residential and commercial property affected.
This photo shows only one example of the many properties affected by the extensive storm damage in Chester County. After weeks of hard work, we are still continuing to assist those affected by the storm, and we are grateful to have the resources in order to do so in this time of need.
If your home or business was affected by the hurricane, SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford is here to help! Chester County also offers several resources to assist those impacted by the storm damage.
Understanding Your Stormwater Damage
When your Chester County home or business suffers stormwater damage, it is important to identify what type of damage you’re dealing with. This will help you to determine what steps to take next as well as what the stormwater means for the affected areas and your overall health.
There are three types of water:
This is water from a source such as rainwater. Water from a broken pipe is also considered a source of clean water damage.
This is slightly contaminated water. When stormwater is left untreated, bacteria and other contaminants begin to grow and cause a problem. This can occur with water from a pipe leak or other plumbing issue as well.
This is highly contaminated and dangerous water that is filled with fungi, bacteria, or even chemicals. Sewage and floodwater are two common forms of this type of damage.
When you are faced with clean stormwater damage, be sure to turn off the circuit breakers in the damaged areas of the building, and do not enter those areas. Remove excess water and move items that may be sensitive to moisture such as artwork and computer equipment. When the water damage is caused from a plumbing issue, shut off the water source or have a certified professional do so.
When the stormwater is contaminated, stay clear of the areas and allow a biohazard professional to handle the cleanup properly. Do not turn on the HVAC system or use fans to dry the affected areas, since the air can potentially spread the contaminants. Discard any items that have been affected by the damage.
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford can handle all forms of water and storm damage in our local Chester County area. We also specialize in biohazard events where contaminated water is present. Often, advanced cleaning techniques are necessary to fully restore the affected areas when this type of damage is involved.
No matter the form of storm damage you may suffer, SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford is here to help! This includes services for reconstruction such as drywall installation and roof repairs. We are always prepared to make your storm damage event “Like it never even happened.”
Commercial Sewage Cleanup in Coatesville
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford recently assisted with overwhelming sewage damage at a local non-profit in Coatesville. Heavy rainfall and flooding had created a sewage backup, causing four inches of contaminated water to make its way into the basement of the building.
Our biohazard team completed mitigation services for the affected areas as well as performed the proper drying and cleaning procedures needed to help ensure a healthy working environment for this facility.
While we do offer content cleaning and restoration services, some of the content was too severely damaged by the sewage to be recovered. We disposed of this content and offered the services of a partner of ours for electronic restoration services for all digital equipment affected.
In addition to complete sewage restoration services, we will also be completing an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for this Coatesville facility. This is a digital file where all emergency information is stored and accessible in the event of another emergency. This file is a helpful tool in emergency preparation for your commercial building, and SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford is proud to offer this to all local businesses for free!
Severe Flood Damage in Chester County!
This month, Chester County suffered a severe storm that led to major flooding throughout the Southeastern Pennsylvania area. With over seven inches of rainfall, the storms had caused trees to collapse, creeks to overflow and the flooding of many roadways and communities. A couple dozen water rescues had been reported due to the height of the water in addition to just as many calls to our local SERVPRO franchise.
Our storm restoration team at SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford responded to each storm damage event immediately and provided the proper water mitigation, drying and cleaning techniques needed for each unique flood damage situation.
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford offers 24/7 emergency services for storm disasters such as flood damage, and we have the response crews available to respond at a moment’s notice!
Sewage Damage Prevention
At SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford, we know that water damage is never pleasant. Sewage damage makes matters worse and often more overwhelming. If faced with this type of biohazard damage, the affected areas need to be immediately and properly handled by a certified professional. Improperly removing the contaminated water or cleaning of surfaces can lead to a larger water damage or health issue.
Sewage damage can be quite unsettling, but there are actions you can take in order to prevent the damage in the first place. Below, we offer some sewage preventative tips to help prevent a sewage leak in your own home or facility.
• Inspect your sewer system for cracks or other damages where sewage water can potentially leak in.
• Be cautious of what is put in the system. When cooking, grease and oil shouldn’t be disposed of in the sink. Paper products such as tissues and paper towels should not be flushed.
• Clogs in the sewer system are not uncommon, and they can lead to a sewage backup. Be sure to clean your drains or hire a professional to do so on a regular basis.
• Cleaning your drains once a month will help to prevent clogs. Pour baking soda and white vinegar down the drains. Let the solution sit in the drains for an hour and then flush them out with a substantial amount of warm water.
• Control your amount of water use. Using water for long periods of time can cause stress on the septic tank, potentially damaging the system or causing a clog.
• Keep trees and other plants clear of your sewer. If trees are present near your system, regularly watch for issues with draining and call a professional if you suspect a problem.
• Backwater valves are recommended since they guarantee that sewage not only exits the system properly but that it also doesn’t re-enter the building through the same system.
Should your property suffer a sewage damage event, our team can handle the cleaning and restoration services, no matter how large or small. SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford is dedicated to providing the expertise needed to help make your sewage disaster “Like it never even happened.”
Sewage Damage in Landenberg
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford recently completed services for this sewage loss in Landenberg after an unpleasant biohazard situation. The pipe that connects the sewer system to the home had clogged, causing sewage to leak into the basement.
Our restoration team removed all signs of contaminated water from the affected areas, dried those areas and completed the process with our advanced cleaning and sanitation techniques. The homeowner was extremely pleased with our crew and the work performed.
Water damage is never pleasant, and sewage makes matters worse and often more overwhelming. In order to prevent sewage damage in your own home or facility, remember to inspect your sewer system for cracks or other damages where sewage water can potentially leak in.
Disposing of your food and paper products properly, as well as cleaning your drains once a month can prevent a clog in the system. Backwater valves are also often suggested since they guarantee that sewage not only exits the system properly but that it also doesn't re-enter the building through the same system.
Should your home or facility suffer a water or sewage damage event, SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford provides 24/7 emergency services to our local Pennsylvania area. For a free quote, give us a call at 610-268-8620!
Hoarding/Biohazard Cleaning in Oxford
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford recently completed extensive Biohazard and General Cleaning services for a local apartment community in Oxford. Previous tenants had left one unit in ruins, hoarding content and leaving trash and other contaminated materials within every inch of the apartment. Our cleaning team spent a number of hours removing all signs of waste and hazardous materials in addition to cleaning and disinfecting the affected areas.
Floors, furniture and other affected content were thoroughly cleaned with our antimicrobial treatment. We also provided our odor deodorization services to the entire building in order to eliminate the strong, offensive odors that the hoarding situation had created.
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford has performed various biohazard and general cleaning services for tenants in this apartment community. We’re happy to do the same for all local communities when it comes to any large or small building disaster!
Cleanup and Demolition of Fire Ravaged Home
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford is currently performing fire cleanup and restoration services on a local home in Oxford. The property was left in shambles after a fire erupted in the garage. The garage was completely destroyed and left much of the house unrecognizable as well. One of our local insurance agents called us to assist with this devastation; our team visited the home immediately to provide Board-up services.
We then returned to remove the overwhelming amount of content in the Oxford home since this was also a situation where hoarding was involved. At this time, we are continuing to restore this property to preloss conditions. All fire-damaged content will be cleaned or exposed of. In addition, we will perform smoke and soot cleaning and odor removal services for the entire structure. Once the fire restoration process is fully complete, our Reconstruction Department can handle the rest in order to fully make this fire disaster “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford offers 24/7 emergency services for fire, water and mold disasters throughout Chester County. Our restoration and cleaning professionals are equipped with the proper knowledge, expertise and equipment in order to help restore any size loss or building in Pennsylvania. Should your home or facility suffer unexpected fire, water or mold damage, feel free to give us a call at 610-268-8620!
Commercial Cleaning in Oxford
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford recently performed general cleaning services for a local institution in Oxford. After construction had been recently completed, the facility had been left with a substantial amount of dust and other debris that was in dire need of removal. In order to keep the facility running smoothly with minimal downtime, our cleaning team visited the property immediately in order to assess the extent of the damage and begin the process of restoring the building.
We completed a thorough cleaning of the facility including cleaning of the ceilings, walls and floors. We also completed a deep cleaning of the affected areas including light fixtures, windows, doors and benches in addition to carpet cleaning. We then performed duct cleaning services to ensure all signs of dust, dirt and other contaminants would not flow through the system and create further damage.
In addition to the deep cleaning of the building, SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford had recently performed water mitigation services for this commercial institution after a water leak. No matter the disaster or extent of damage, we are always available at a moment’s notice to help! We strive to do the same with every commercial client or organization. SERVPRO is always “Ready for whatever happens.”