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The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is a proud supporter of our first responders throughout the country who put their lives on the line every day.  To show our gratitude, we held the first ever SERVPRO First Responder Bowl to honor our national heroes. 

The First Responder Bowl is more than just a college football game, and SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford was happy to be a part of it.  Our franchise got in on the action and sent one of our local first responders to the big game for free, Officer Mario Raimato of the Southern Chester County Regional Police Department.  Officer Raimato is a driving force in the police department as well as in our local schools and community.  He is involved with many organizations including the Boy Scouts of America and the Garage Youth Center to name a few.  We provided airfare, a two-night hotel stay, and two free tickets to the game to Officer Raimato and his wife as a thank you for serving our local community.  We are always looking for ways to better serve our community and therefore were thrilled to have the opportunity to honor one of our local first responders in this way.

In addition, we sent our very own Marketing Manager, Cliff Masscotte and our Sales Representative, Brian Arencibia to attend the game and help unfurl the American flag on the field with many others who are proud to work at SERVPRO.  They were honored to be chosen to do so and to take part in this event for our first responders.  The game wasn’t quite what we expected, but it was exciting nonetheless.  Due to severe weather conditions, the unfurling of the American flag and the flyover of C-1370 military cargo planes were cancelled as well as the game itself in the first quarter.  The unanimous decision was made by emergency personnel, both teams, ESPN and Cotton Bowl Stadium Staff for the safety of the fans and players.  We were disappointed that this big event did not turn out like we had hoped.  However, the game was to honor our first responders, and we achieved that in a new and unique way.  SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford is excited to do the same at next year’s big game.  Rain or shine, we will continue to thank our first responders both locally and nationally in any way we can.

The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl was held in Dallas, Texas on December 26th in the famous Cotton Bowl Stadium and aired live on ESPN. 

Choosing the Right Fire Extinguisher for Your Business

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford, we see fire and water disasters everyday in situations where sometimes, a fire extinguisher can greatly decrease the intensity of an event.  Choosing the right fire extinguisher can greatly help your business in the long run. 

Class A: This is the most common extinguisher and is used to put out fires in cloth, wood, rubber, paper, and plastics.

Class B: These are used when flammable liquids are involved, such as grease, gasoline and oil.

Class C: This is used when fires involve appliances or equipment that is electrically energized or plugged in.

Class D: These are used for flammable metals and are usually found in factories working with those metals.

Class K: Usually found in commercial kitchens, they are used when vegetable oils, animal oils or fats in cooking are involved.

Choosing the right fire extinguisher is an integral component of your business when it involves preparation for unexpected disasters such as a fire event.  If your business suffers a fire loss, contact the fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford.  We specialize in restoring any size disaster with 24/7 emergency services so you can be confident that your business will remain standing when the smoke clears.

Source: National Fire Protection Association

Protecting your Business from Flooding

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford, we understand that your business is important to you.  Our restoration professionals work hard to help restore homes and businesses in our local community daily.  We are equipped with the expertise and technology to restore your property from any size disaster.  However, there are steps you can take on your own to prevent damages to your business.

  • Start with a thorough risk analysis. Plan for emergencies and obtain insurance coverage that will cover your business in the event of a flood. Consider any damages to property as well.
  • Pay attention to weather alerts in your area.
  • Ensure that all gutters are inspected and clear of dirt and debris regularly.
  • Install barriers to prevent water from getting inside.
  • Use flood-resistant materials in any new construction to your business.
  • Relocate your files to a safe location, and back them up.

These measures will protect your business in the event of flooding and drastically minimize the damages to your commercial property.  If you experience any flooding or storm damage at your business, contact SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford at (610) 268-8620.  We can help make your commercial disaster “Like it never even happened”.

Protecting Your Business From Cold Weather Conditions

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

With winter here, now is the time to start thinking about how you can protect your business from cold weather conditions.  Protecting your customers, clients and employees is one critical component you need to consider. Snow and ice create dangerous hazards for businesses, since many people often slip and fall on untreated, icy surfaces.  To prevent injuries, you can follow these key steps by Travelers Insurance to eliminate this winter hazard.

  • Create and implement a snow and ice removal plan.  This includes determining who is responsible for carrying out the plan. Responsibilities include hiring contractors or choosing your own personnel, ensuring that snow is removed and salt is placed on walkways as well as proper claim handling procedures.
  • Assign someone the task of monitoring weather conditions, walkways and the effectiveness of the snow and ice removal.
  • Record removal activities in a log.  The log should include names and dates along with the amount of snow and ice, temperature and the removal process.
  •  Investigate any injuries immediately

Using your Plan

Be aware of uneven surfaces and areas with high traffic.  Clean up after ice melt.  When piling snow, try not to block visibility around corners.  In addition, use warning signs and lights for more protection.  Be aware of refreezing, and check that your drains do not spread water onto walkways. 

Lastly, check with your municipality with your location’s specific regulations on treating weather conditions.

These steps will keep anyone who visits your business safe from harm.  If you experience a more drastic winter storm event such as frozen pipes, call SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford at (610) 268-8620.  We can handle winter disasters for you.

What Causes Water Damage?

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford, we receive calls daily from local homeowners and businesses who experience water damage.  Water can leak into your property in a variety of ways.  Whether the damage comes from a broken pipe or a storm in your area, both can have catastrophic consequences.  Here, we list some of the common causes of water damage that can help you to protect your property from a water disaster.

A Leaky Basement

This is one of the most common causes of water damage.  Our water restoration professionals are able to find the leak in order to repair the damage.

Leaky Plumbing

You can often fix this problem yourself by fixing any damaged pipes.  If there are multiple leaks, a restoration professional should handle the plumbing.

The Plant Root System

When plants and shrubs are overgrown and too close to a structure, water can seep into the foundation.  Trim your plants and remove any water that collects near the foundation of your property.

Damaged Drywall

Drywall is usually damaged when a leaky roof or toilet is involved and collapses the ceiling.  Our restoration professionals can repair drywall and help protect against moisture.

If you experience any water damage in your home, contact SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford at (610) 268-8620.  We can recover any size water disaster. 

Carpet Cleaning for Your Business

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford offers more to our local businesses than restoration during large events from fire or water damage.  Our cleaning and restoration professionals are happy to help with your everyday business needs such as carpet cleaning.  We have offered this service to many homes and businesses in our local area, and our customers are happy to see their carpets looking brand new. 

Before your carpets need our services, there are actions you can take to keep them looking clean on your own.  To maintain the look and cleanliness of your carpets, vacuuming should be done regularly.  Other steps you can take to keep your carpets looking new include stain removal, pilating the carpet to prevent matting, moving furniture around to change traffic patterns, and using mats to limit the amount of soil on the carpet.

If your carpets require more attention to meet your business needs, contact us at (610) 268-8620. 

To learn more about our carpet cleaning services, click here.

Signs of Winter Storm Damage

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

With winter approaching, there’s often more to worry about than shoveling snow.  Winter storms and temperatures can cause extensive damage to your home, but SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford is ready to help if you experience a winter disaster from common issues including the following.

Frozen Pipes

Brisk temperatures can cause pipes to freeze and break, which can lead to flooding in your home.

Ice Dams

When snow melts unevenly and freezes at the edge of your roof, an ice dam is created which prevents melted snow from draining off of the roof.  The water can then leak under the shingles and into the home and cause significant water damage.

Roof Damage

Snow and ice can damage your roof and even cause the roof to collapse if enough weight has accumulated.  Water can get into cracks and expand when it freezes, causing larger cracks.

Winter can be an extremely dangerous time for your home. Be sure to check the pipes and roof of your property for signs of potential water damage and warning signs.  If you experience a storm disaster, SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford can restore your home “Like it never even happened”. Call us at (610) 268-8620.

What You Should and Shouldn't Do with Water Damage

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

When you experience a water loss, you may feel stressed and confused on what to do to prevent further damage to your home.  SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford is here to help when a water disaster strikes, but there are actions you can take on your own to minimize damages.

Helpful Tips

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe water damage from wood furniture.
  • Remove and prop wet furniture and pillow cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn your air conditioner on for more efficient drying if your loss occurs in the summer.
  • Remove rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Place valuables in a safe, dry place.

Actions to Avoid

  • Do not leave wet fabrics in place.  Instead, dry them immediately.
  • Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors.
  • Never use a standard vacuum to remove the water.
  • Avoid using televisions or other electronics while standing on wet carpets or floors.
  • If the ceiling is wet, do not turn on ceiling fans or lights.  Avoid rooms where ceilings are sagging from water.

A water disaster can strike when we least expect it, but you can help prevent extensive damages to your home by following these actions.  SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford can help with the rest.  Our water restoration professionals are fully equipped and prepared to handle your water loss.  Call us at (610) 268-8620.

What You Should Do if your Washing Machine Floods

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

Washing machines use up to thirty gallons of water to clean our clothes on a regular basis.  If this convenient device were to flood, however, there would be extensive water damage to your home.  Disaster can strike when we least expect it, so it’s best to be prepared if you experience this problem. 

How to Fix the Problem

Cut off the electrical power supply to the washer at the fuse box.  Don’t stop the washer or immediately pull the electrical plug since doing so can lead to more flooding and possible electric shock. 

Remove the clothes from the washer and drain them in the sink to remove some of the water from the washer.

Check to see if the washer hoses are leaking water. Tighten the hot and cold water supply hoses, and ensure that the drain hose is properly in place.

Test the washer without laundry or detergent to ensure the problem is solved. 

To prevent your washer from flooding, do not put an excessive amount of laundry in the washer during a cycle, and make sure the machine was not recalled.

A water disaster can stem from a small problem, such as a washer leak.  If you experience any water damage in your home, SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford can handle the loss for you and restore your property “Like it never even happened”.

What are Air Scrubbers?

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

An air scrubber is a portable filtration system that removes particles, gasses, or chemicals from the air in any given area. This equipment draws in air from the surrounding area and passes it through a series of filters to remove dangerous particles in the air.

Air scrubbers are needed when these dangerous particles are present or will be created during the restoration process, such as mold, dust, and asbestos.  When these particles aren’t cleaned up on a carpet or furniture, they can travel into the heating system and spread into the building.  The spread of these contaminants can negatively impact the air quality inside your home.  By utilizing air scrubbers in the restoration process, our restoration professionals create a cleaner and healthier environment for you and your home.

If you suspect any dangerous particles in your home, contact SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford.  We have the proper equipment and expertise to handle any size disaster.